Easy Garden Landscaping

Easy Garden Landscaping
by Keith Markensen

It used to be that a garden was simply a place where you grew some varieties of fruit, vegetables for the table and perhaps a few flowers for decoration. These days there are a myriad of landscaping ideas from which you can select one to suit you. Garden landscaping has evolved into a number of purposes and styles together with the changing ratio of humans to space available and the evolution continues. Some gardens are designed with wildlife in mind. Others are places where food is cultivated, or a place to relax, perahps just an area specifically for pleasure such as a flower garden. With these in mind, what do you want to include in your garden?

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There are any number of “tricks” you can use to design a garden that is in tune with your personality and requirements. Each garden has five basic elements and you should remember to include these in your garden landscaping plan: color, form, line, scale and texture.

Color needs no explanation. Whilst some people like the idea of using one color throughout, it is usually best to include a number of colors in your garden design. Balance is the key here, so take care to ensure that the colors you choose do not clash or compete for attention.

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Next is form, which is mostly to do with the size and shape of objects and how they are balanced in the garden. Just the simple aspect of the size and shape of leaves on a tree can have a dramatic effect on your design.

After form comes line. This means that your design should be such that it “flows” with the movement of the eye. The placement of plants and arrangement of borders will direct the eye around the garden.

The next element is scale and this is concerned with the size of your garden plants as they relate to the design. This may include the giant White Bird of Paradise tree or the small ficus bonsai tree. Once again, balance is important: you do not want a garden with all the small plants grouped together in one area and the large plants including the Giant Bird of Paradise in another. Included in scale are other objects in the garden such as sheds, pools and ponds.

Texture is the final element and it also requires balance. One texture throughout the garden would be bland and uninteresting. Conversely, too many textures can be “busy” and confusing. Create texture in your garden so that it “flows” from one area to another.

The final personal touches to individualize your garden come after all the necessary specifications are completed to your satisfaction.

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