Linear shapes emphasize the real and imaginary lines in the landscape and play an important role in the creation of small and large spaces. Draw the viewer's eye through the landscape by grouping plants or hardscape elements (Figure 19-24). The eye is unconsciously influenced by how the groupings fit and flow horizontally and vertically. Variety created through diverse and contrasting shapes, textures and colors is a feature of good landscape design. By avoiding uniformity, the variety reduces monotony in a design. Adding elements with contrasting qualities or contrast increases visual interest and increases viewer satisfaction with the design (Figure 19-25).
For example, use wooden shingles on a gazebo roof that fit the roof of the house on a wooded site, or select a stone for retaining walls that reflects a stone fireplace in an area where stone is found naturally. Natural building materials often combine well with resource-rich landscapes. Weathered wood, natural stains, concrete and earth tones in the brick generally melt with existing building materials and relate to the natural environment. Landscaping materials can contribute to sustainability when we select renewable, local and low-energy raw materials. Explore options for using recycled materials and energy-efficient materials in the landscape.
Some trees and shrubs may simply require a size, while others may need to be moved or removed altogether. All guidelines and restrictions pertaining to neighborhood associations must be taken into account. After locating the existing plants and beds on the parcel plan, identify the individual plants. A detailed assessment of the negative and positive aspects of the existing landscape includes the following considerations.
What good advice! I always fight to make my landscape what I want, even if it goes slowly. I have a garden bed that is a complete mess, but I want to turn it into a small Japanese garden. It gives me so much to consider! Thank you for writing such a good article. I am a complete beginner and I do not even know where to start. Most of the material I found online was recycled in photo galleries with very little information, but this message was what I really needed: good information on how to approach my yard and how to reimagine it, not just a pretty but unrealistic photo and a list of 10 generic plants that may not fit my climate!
These resources are available on the NC State Extension website. Check the website of your county extension co-op center for a list of upcoming classes related to landscaping design. 2. Where can I get a list of plants that grow well in this area? NC State Extension has a searchable plant database that tracks plants suitable for various areas of North Carolina. You can search by size, light requirements, flower color, leaf color, what a plant attracts, areas, and much more.
I am completely distraught about the landscaping, but this spring, I hope to finally make the empty beds in front of my house. I will definitely be back to refer to this post as soon as all the snow melts here at IL. So many good tips! Ã ‰ Pingler! Thank you very much for making the link with Best of the Weekend! Thank you very much! I just put this bookmark for the future. I really hope to get my yard back a bit this year (take it slow - not a lot of money or energy). This will really help. I am so happy to have clicked on your link at SITS. I will also go to Pinterest and check your stuff there.
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