Basic Landscape Designs

When you look out your front door or your back door and see that the view is not the one you desire, you may decide to embark on a landscaping project. Landscaping projects can be time consuming and will take a lot of energy.

There are basically six types of landscape designs you can consider.

Formal: A formal landscape design uses a lot of straight lines and perfect geometrical shapes. Plants are positioned in an orderly arrangement. In this style of landscaped garden, the plants are arranged close together and are pruned periodically so they can remain orderly.

Informal:  An informal garden has plants arranged randomly. Beds have curved edges instead of straight lines. This kind of landscaping is good for cottages.

English Garden: The architecture and the garden harmonize with the style of the home.

Formal/Informal Garden: Plants are arranged to resemble the English Garden style but there are no formal borders. There is usually a brick walkway, which is formal, and leads to the rear with a circle of plants.

Oriental: The Oriental Garden is usually found in small backyards. The landscape elements are usually rocks, evergreens, and water. There are a wide variety of plants that can be used to create this style.

Woodland: This type of landscape design fits a house with sloping grounds and has a woodland area in the backyard.

Before you decide on a landscape design, spend some time thinking about exactly how you want your landscaped property to look. Walk around your property. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want to add play areas for your children?
  • Do you plan to add an outdoor room such as a deck or patio?
  • Will you be doing a lot of entertaining?
  • Do you plan to add a fishpond or other water feature?
  • Do you plan to add a swimming pool or Jacuzzi?
  • What is the style of your home?
  • Do you want your home to be formal, informal, or cozy?
  • Do you want the interior of your home to blend with the outside of your home? For example, if your interior furnishings are Asian, you may want the same look and feel for the outside of your home.

You should also consider whether you want to hire a professional landscape architect to design your plan. This will be an up-front cost for you. If you have sloping areas in your yard or a woodland area, consulting a professional may save you money. If there are no problems with your property, you can design the space yourself using plans found on the Internet, magazines, or in landscape books.

The style of your home is a big consideration in the design of your landscape. Also you should take into consideration your lifestyle. If you are going to tend your plants, flowers, and trees and you spend a lot time away from home, you will want to make sure that your design is easy to care for.

You want to have the best landscape design for your property. If that means hiring a professional, you should do so. If you can create the design and intend to take care of your newly landscaped area, you should create a design that will make it easy for you to maintain.