Looking to update your garden but not much of a garden designer? Follow these simple principles to assist you.
Lines and Form
Everything in garden design involves lines. Line is one of the key components of the design elements. When looking to redesign your garden take a moment to walk about and observe the lines that feature. Look at the lines created through the fence, driveway, trees and horizon. Take note of these existing lines before adding more. There are many styles of lines that can be found in a garden including straight, vertical and curved. Lines can change the way your garden appears. If you would like your garden to appear higher introduce vertical lines to draw the eyes up and down. Straight lines also add a crisp design to your garden. If you are looking to create interesting points of interest in your garden look at adding curved lines. These can be used along pathways and also garden beds. The form of plants and sculptures in the garden are great ways to diving your outdoor space. They also work well for creating striking points of interest outdoors. Try grouping plants together in a variety of styles and shapes to create interesting forms.
The light on the garden creates the most beautiful time to enjoy your outdoor sanctuary. The contrast between light and shade changes the way plants and flowers look. Take advantage of the natural light by placing your plants strategically. If some areas of your garden can’t get natural light look at adding a low-voltage light system. There are many advantages to this type of lighting with the main one being that you can enjoy your garden for longer into the night. Front lighting a dark area highlights a particular feature. Backlighting is another great lighting feature to add to your garden area. Place these behind outdoor feature sculptures or trees. Outdoor lighting does not only look good but is practical. If your planning on having a nighttime soiree but your path doesn’t have any lights, look at side lighting to ensure your guests arrive safely.
Texture on Texture
There is nothing better than entering a garden with an array of beautiful visual textures. There are many ways texture can be used to enhance your garden. Including creating a tactile component to your garden, as well as contrasting plants and flowers into unique features. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your textures. Combine different styles of plants including coarse, medium, and fine styles for a feast for the eyes.
Scale is a very important element to think about when updating your garden. Look at how big or small space is before buying plants or outdoor sculptures.
If you’re shopping for a tree feature, consider the size of the tree before you purchase it. Even the most amazing tree will look strange and out of place if it doesn’t match the scale of the garden.
When it comes to creating the best look for your garden it is all about the balance. It’s key to make sure the placement of your greenery and outdoor accessories are placed evenly throughout the garden. If too many features are placed on one side of the garden, your eyes will be drawn to that side and make the garden appear smaller as a whole. When assessing the look of your garden it is important to keep in mind there are two main types of balance to consider: Symmetrical and asymmetrical. This will help you decide you’re looking to create a formal casual garden space.