How to Design Landscaping

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Landscape design may sound very technical and difficult especially if you will consider the many aspects of landscaping. You can spend a whole year mastering the many details about landscaping but if you need to know the basics for your garden or your backyard to make it more attractive and coherently arranged, then landscaping is not as difficult as it may sound. You just need to understand some basic terminologies, apply you creativity and artistry and your patience for the detailed manual work and you are good to go in coming up with a better lawn, garden or yard.

All design activities, in principle, involve the same elements. Design may be implemented in many forms like website, logo or software design. Interior design is also another form. If you will consider closely, these design areas have the same principle. The elements of color, form, scale, line and texture are in any way or another found in these different design areas.

In landscaping, the color is very important to create the appeal that catches attention. Although generally green, you can combine and use other colors to highlight some parts of your garden. Flower arrangements and colors can make a big difference in the landscape.

The form is more of the arrangement or shape and structure of the plants with consideration to the branches and proximity. People may think that the direction and the thickness of branches may not have that big an effect in the design but this actually adds the neat and organized look of the landscape. When you are concerned about the landscape, your eyes should be meticulous and these small details should be considered. The form also considers the background or the backdrop when compared to a stage design. Whatever is hidden should be brought out if it can create a positive contribution to the look of the garden or lawn.

You might think that texture is not important but this should also be considered in the landscape. Even the size and the way the leaves grow are important consideration in the overall landscape "painting" that you are creating.

Aside from color, what makes a landscape appealing is the alignment of the plants and objects in the landscaped area. The element of line pertains to the flow of sight or eye movement as the attention is given from one area to another.

Knowing these elements, you can start a good landscape design with coordinated elements. The colors should be complementing. The theme should be consistent and the effect should be organized. You should create an impression of a garden that is not cluttered and is well-thought of. The kind of plants that you will put in each area should complement the other plants. Even the potteries should be considered for reinforcing theme and style.

It is best to carefully look at your garden and see what needs to be removed and what needs to be retained in one area. You can do something like a sorting activity for a start. Once you have done this, you can consider the arrangement and the other elements mentioned.

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Author: John Carlstrom
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