Did you know that landscaping significantly contributes to our well-being and quality of life? It’s more than just making a yard beautiful. For this reason, many homeowners invest in their landscaping and transform it into an aesthetically pleasing space.
A well-maintained and good-looking lawn improves your home’s curb appeal and even adds value to it. However, designing your dreamy landscape can be a stressful and time-consuming process, especially when you have a lot of ideas in mind.
Let’s explore the Landmark Lawn & Landscape guide to help you design a dream landscape with skill and enduring appeal.
Landscape Design Elements
There are several different ways to create and design a landscape. But, there are three basic elements that every outstanding landscape has.
Balance & Unity
When designing your dream landscape, it’s advised to achieve unity and balance as a whole. It’s a bad idea to choose one plant of each variety and in every color. Usually, homeowners make the mistake of buying a plant, take it home and then, decide where to put it.
Whether you choose a symmetrical or asymmetrical, your decor needs to be distributed equally.
- Symmetrical Design: The left side mirrors the right side.
- Asymmetrical Design: Not identical but with equal points of interest.
Determining the correct size of a tree or shrub is essential to keep the landscape features in scale with the home. Remember that trees are constantly growing and they may be the right height today, but in a few years, the situation could change.
Variety & Diversity
This is the time to be creative, have fun, and create a space where you can relax and feel comfortable. A good tip is to resist the urge to fill every inch. Instead, draw attention to one focal point and, as mentioned above, don’t use too much variety.
Create a Landscaping Plan
In this step, you’ll determine what elements can and cannot be changed. For example, large trees. Besides, you’ll find out if you have space and resources available to make it work and if you need professional help to build your landscape project.
Have a Vision
Start by grabbing ideas from different sources. You could do Google research, dive-in in Pinterest, or look for outdoor design magazines. The point is to perform a brainstorm and then, identify the features you like, a common design theme, and so on.
Create a Map of Your Property
Make a map of your property to get a bird’s eye view that helps you organize your ideas. It’s advised to measure the outside length and width and select a scale. Then, you can proceed to outline.
Here’s a list of elements you should include:
- Your House
- Outdoor Spaces
- Landscaping Features
- Existing plants
- Utilities – e.g trash cans
- Service Areas
- Existing Irrigation System
- Drainage System
Also, noted the neighborhood’s landscaping design.
Design Your Dreamy Landscape
Once you finish your property’s map, it’s very important to create a landscape’s design before beginning the building process. This ensures good results and satisfaction, so don’t avoid this step.
Choose the Right Plants
When choosing your plants, select a color palette that works together and avoid a lot of variations, especially in small areas. And, consider using the tallest plants in the back and the smallest in the front.
Plans tend to look better when they’re in odd numbers and you always have to keep in mind that they grow up, to avoid any future issues. Additionally, note the sun and shade patterns, and If you have limited space, a vertical garden is a great choice.
Think About Elevation
If your property has a hill or any elevation, you could use retaining walls or plants on the slope.
Landscape lighting can help you feel more secure and comfortable at home, as well as allow you to enjoy your garden even when it’s dark. Many homeowners choose lighting that turns on and off automatically.
Depending on your landscaping design, you should choose your pathways’ material. Solid and paving concrete are perfect materials to build resistant pathways. Or you could use crushed gravel for a softer and natural look.
Build It With Professionals
Landmark Lawn & Landscape offers landscaping services and our mission is to create beautiful gardens in every house of Tennessee residents. We also provide leaf removal, lawn care, tree trimming services at affordable prices. Get in touch with us today and learn more about our benefits.