A good landscape design will help you envision and plan for your ideal outdoor space and will include:
Proposed plantings with plants tailored to your personal style, interests, and site conditions;
Hardscaping elements - location and suggested materials for paths, decks, patios, outdoor kitchen spaces, etc.;
Existing or planned structures, noting critical elements such as doors, windows, water spigots, utilities, etc.; and
A detailed plant list, noting common and scientific names, as well as suggested sizes
Designs often cover the whole property but may span just a portion of your yard (the front, back, or sidewalk planing-strip, for example).
I utilize a blend of modern and traditional approaches, but I primarily work with CAD software (Computer-Aided-Design) to produce a traditional birds-eye (top-down) view of a property as well as to create 3-D depictions of selected specific elements (such as pergolas, privacy screens, more complicated plant groupings, or other vertical elements). Working with CAD means revisions are precise and quick. I often also provide hand-drawn perspective sketches to bring the buildings and plantings to life on paper.
Designing a landscape consists of a number of phases, all of which are aimed at zeroing in on understanding your wants and needs, and what the site will allow. Read more about the stages of the Design Process here.