When you finally get the urge to tame the wilderness of your yard and start making a living space out of the natural area around your home, you’ll need to hold a couple basic design principles in mind. As landscape designers, we always have plenty of ideas about how to make your yard look neat, manicured and outfitted with stunning foliage, but it couldn’t hurt to point us in the right direction. If you have specific ideas about how to customize your landscape, or a specific aesthetic that you want for your yard, we’re always happy to accommodate. And, while Pinterest can be a great resource for helping to show us what you want, it won’t be able to explain the terminology and thought process behind some designs.
The Marks of Good Landscape Design
A good landscape design has more than just an aesthetic, as it has an underlying hidden function that helps the entire local ecosystem of your garden work better. At Ray Lawns, we put an emphasis on creating a landscaping design that uses your water creatively and creates paths of foliage that follow the natural flow of water and soil nutrients, so that your yard more closely resembles a small, self-sufficient ecosystem, rather than just a collection of shrubbery and grass that looks well-organized. If we succeed in our mission to make your landscape self-sufficient, you’ll save money in water, gardening supplies and so much more in the long-run and it’ll be easier for your yard to look well-cared for with less effort.
Like we said above, we can make your landscape look as Pinterest-friendly as you’d like, but if you have an understanding of what a good landscape design requires, you’ll have a better understanding of what ideas you have for your yard that are good and the ones that maybe aren’t so good. Check out these simple rules to govern your landscape design as you start to imagine it further.
The Main Design Principle: Unity
Whether it’s in your yard or in your home, unity is one of the most important design principles across the board. It creates a sense of belonging for every piece you place in or around your home with the purpose of furthering an aesthetic. For example, there’s a reason that whenever you go to a home, the little girl’s room that’s painted pink with purple baseboards feels like an island within the home. Its isolated feeling carries a sort of disjointed sense as you walk into the room because it does not share any sense of unity with the rooms and design on the other side of the wall. Unity, in its most simplistic sense, can be the mere repeat of certain design elements, for example, using the same shade of white for all the rooms in your home would create a sense of unity. Accomplishing this in your landscaping can be quite simple as well.
If you’re going for a more zen-centered look for your outdoor space, be sure to include eastern decor and maybe even plant some eastern looking plants. As long as you aren’t openly inviting an invasive species into the neighborhood, your HOA shouldn’t have much of a problem with it. Otherwise, you could create unity by finding similar plants to those that grow naturally around your development and planting those within your landscape at different points. A well-manicured version of a naturally wild species is always a beautiful addition to any garden, and it would make your design seem more harmonious with the natural landscape around you.
Balance The Transition
In the same vein as unity, if you’re delivering on unity, you’ll likely be doing a good job of transitioning different parts of your yard. If you have a good sense of unity throughout the landscape, then the design should be able to gradually change from each portion of your yard with little difficulty. You could also accomplish this by changing the plant size or color of a similar plant. For example, if you’ve planted purple hollyhocks against the fence, white hollyhocks closer to the house could give the yard a feeling of both unity and natural transition as you go.
Keep It Clean With Line
The type of line you create with your flower beds, entryways, and walkways should all follow a similar theme. For example, a looping and meandering line for your flower bed should be matched with an equally loopy pathway to make the two feel cohesive. Using line, in general, in your garden and landscaping though should be easy, and harder to do if you’re trying to avoid it, in general. You’ll need to draw lines throughout your yard to keep a certain sense of order, or else everything will just look wild and unkempt. Ringing in your plant-life with something as simple as a line of river rock could do so much to give your yard a sense of order.
Now that you’re familiar with the basic ideas surrounding the landscape design you need, we can start pursuing the perfect yard together. Give us a sense of the lines you like, the plants you love and the structure you want in your yard and we’ll make a more efficient little ecosystem in your backyard than you could have dreamed of. After all, landscaping your yard is the equivalent of adding a new room to your house, except that this room is guaranteed to be full of life and fresh air. Reach out to us today to schedule your initial consultation for your Chattanooga home now.