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The Principles Of Landscape Design

The principles of landscape design can be used in order to help create a vision for a landscape design as well as create the specifics. The principles of landscape design, if followed, should help to create a functional, unified and beautiful design that can be implemented into reality. The principles are guidelines and do not have an inherent order in which they are to be implemented. Some principles will work better than others in some cases. However, once they have been implemented, their impact will improve any landscape design.

Simplicity

It is important not to clutter your design with elements that do not improve or impact the landscape design. The design should be clean and organized, and you should prioritize what needs to be included in your design, in order to keep it so.

Variety

Different shapes, forms and sizes of plants, shrubs etc. should be considered and implemented. It is important to have variety, or the design can look boring.

Balance

Everything that is implemented into a design will have a weight to it, and it is important to keep these weights balanced in the design.

Scale/proportion

Each thing that is implemented has to be within proportion to the rest of the design. A larger tree will take the eye away from anything else in the garden, if not in proportion.

Unity

Everything must be able to work together. Interconnection can be achieved through the use of paths, stairs, walkways and fences. Repetition can be used carefully to show unity, but must not be overdone.

These are some of the principles of landscape design which can be implemented to help achieve a better and more impactful landscape design. Not all these principles will have to be used, and in some cases only some will. However, this will help beginners to get an overall perspective for landscape design.