Landscape Design: Important Things To Consider

The process begins with an inventory of the site and an analysis of the soil, drainage, climatic conditions and existing vegetation. This is a critical step in plant selection and placement and in locating family activities and functions. It is important because the same climatic conditions that affect plants (temperature, humidity, rain, wind and sunlight) also affect you, the user.

Style themes are more related to architecture and often simplify the design of a residential patio because the materials and shape are to some extent predetermined. Many style themes today are a contemporary take on traditional garden designs. The advantage of using a traditional style theme is the established set of shapes and elements that have historically worked well together and have stood the test of time.

All plant compositions start with the main structure of the plants, large, mostly evergreen background plants such as trees and large shrubs. These plants separate or frame the spaces, control the size of the space, and provide the starting point for choosing the appropriate characteristics for the second layer, the middle plants, for the dough and the filling.

All plant compositions start with the main structure of the plants, large, mostly evergreen background plants such as trees and large shrubs. These plants separate or frame the spaces, control the size of the space, and provide the starting point for choosing the appropriate characteristics for the second layer, the plants in the middle, for the dough and the filling. The final layer of plants, foreground plants, includes low-growing plants that often provide emphasis or focal points.

Pay attention to the details

The detail in the landscape is derived from the visual quality of plants, hardscape, and garden ornaments. Sensual qualities like aroma, sound, and touch also add details to the landscape. Various combinations of shape, color, texture, and size create aesthetic qualities.

Take time into account

Plant selection should consider a plant’s growth rate, its mature size and shape, and the maintenance it will require. Fast-growing plants may or may not be desirable depending on the size of the site, the design intent, and the level of maintenance expected.

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