If you are like many homeowners, you might want to plant a garden or even redesign your own landscape, but you have no idea where to start. There are so many resources online, but which ones can you trust? How do you weed out the bad advice and only follow the best design tips? Choosing a landscape designer can seem daunting. As with hiring any professional, you want to be careful to choose the person that is best for you. This article provides information on things you need to know to make finding landscape designers an easier process.
As a landscape designer, I’m always looking at landscapes and gardens. I’ve seen plenty of DIY gardens, landscape projects, and even online information that unfortunately weren’t the best ideas. I’ve gathered four links to the best landscape design tips I could find online so that you have easy access to quality information, without feeling overwhelmed.
When asked about landscape design, most people think that the process involves the drawing up of a detailed diagram of every flower bed and shrub. However, each time you pick up a new plant and place it in your interior or exterior landscape, you are participating in landscape design. The latter is unintentional designing and the results of the same are never great. Instead, if you design your landscape in a deliberate and meticulous fashion, you will be thrilled with some of the results. While it helps to have an overall plan in place, you can also plan on the go and design your landscape just as well.
Here are a few things to consider when designing landscape for your business:
Start thinking of designing your landscapes from the main focal points. These are generally the very first areas to draw the eyes. The better you handle these focal points, the stronger visual impact you will make with your landscapes. You can experiment with a whole lot of things at the focal point. Though trees are generally the traditional subject for focal points, designers are starting to experiment with other elements such as garden benches, ancient oaks and other similar elements as well.
If you are going for formal landscaping, keep in mind that maintaining symmetry is extremely important in this case. If this is something you cannot manage, you’d rather not try formal landscaping at all. For example, if you have two evergreens that look similar at the entrance of your building and one dies, you have no choice but to replace both. The same problem can happen when shrubs succumb to disease.
Incorporation of curves into your landscape design is certainly a good idea but you need to be subtle with the same. Overdoing the curves can lead to real disastrous results. While it is great to define your landscape with interesting shapes, you must know how much is too much. Again, if you include curves in walkways, it also helps to imitate the same design in the third dimension by arranging plants accordingly.
Make sure your landscape encourages movement of some kind or it will land up looking no more alive than a painting. For example ornamental grasses which can sway around in the breeze are a great addition. Similarly, you can also have flowers in the landscape to attract butterflies and birds.
It is important to use your landscape to accentuate your building. The landscape should complement the structure of your building and make it look better. A landscape that overshadows the building or brings out its negative points does not really serve the purpose. For example, making sure that you place the right plant at the right spot can make the world of a difference. It is often the little details that can really define your landscape and how it reflects the structure it is associated with.