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by Roelf Nel

What makes landscape design stand out? Is it the variety of plants and grasses that cover the whole yard? Is it the fence that seems to frame the whole garden? Or is it the fountain that sits right in the middle of every plant, grass, and evergreen? The answer is not the individual element that fills up the garden but how these individual elements are combined to make a great looking landscape design. How can one achieve this?

There are the 5 key elements that your landscape design must have in order to stand out:

Unity or Harmony

Unity or Harmony means that all the components in the design should go together as one and must express consistency and style. All the components should, therefore, fit in a theme making them work together to create a harmonious combination of colours, lines, bends, and elements. To achieve unity, repetition and mass planting can be used in the landscape design.  Thus, unity or harmony brings together everything that is used in a landscape design without spoiling the practicality and compromising the beauty.

Focal Point

A landscape design would not be complete without a focal point. A focal point gives direction to the lines and bends giving definition not only to the whole landscape design, but also to every area within the plan. There are popular landscape focal points like a big tree or a flowerbed, a pool or a pond, a fountain or artificial waterfalls. The focal point in a landscape design should direct the traffic in the garden area.

Proportion

Proportion refers to the size of the parts of the landscape design in respect to one another, to the landscape design as a whole, and to the property, structures, and human elements. For example, a small waterfall will be lost at the middle of a big garden with large trees and shrubs. A large oak on the other hand may not complement a one-story house. The point is, the relationship of each part should be within the reasonable size and should not dominate the presence of the others.

Symmetry and Balance

This is another very important element that can throw off the entire plan if not used properly. There are some landscape designs that may look a bit restless and uncomfortable. This is because they lack symmetry and balance. The curves, bends and lines are tiring; the use of plants and ground overlays are inappropriate; and repetition of all the elements does not have a variety. To achieve balance, the landscape design should have a good use of line, shape, texture, form, and colour all at the same time. The repetition should vary from one area to another and the plants and ground overlays should be in tune with all the other elements of the design.

Simplicity

A landscape design should not be overdone just to stand out from the entire neighbourhood. Simplicity is the key.

Visit our Pinterest board  to get inspired by some ideas we have found. I am sure you have great ideas you can share with us too.

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5 Key Elements in Your Landscape Design