Landscape Design

Landscape design is a fine art and an independent profession, practiced by landscape professionals, blending natural culture and architecture. In modern professional practice, landscape architecture blends with garden design to produce a dynamic environment for visitors and residents.

The landscape designer’s goal is to create visually satisfying habitats and spaces that are able to withstand change, and to maximize the utilization of available resources. The resulting appearance should be that which integrates and enhances the architectural, physical, and social spaces of the site. Several dimensions of style, texture, form, and composition are key to this process.
While landscaping, landscape designers take into consideration many different factors that contribute to the success of their layouts. Among these include the basic functions of spaces, mixing and matching materials, and the integration of architectural and practical elements such as access, lighting, and sitting arrangements. Balanced spaces are aesthetically pleasing to the eye while providing accessibility. By properly integrating and balancing architectural, physical, and social settings, the end result is a functional and attractive space.

Plants are the most visible elements of a landscape and they must be selected to appropriately relate to the size, shape, texture, height, and other characteristics of each area. In order to visually relate visual elements, texture is an important factor to consider. Landscape textures can be described using various terms including clover, grass, rye, forsythia, oat, grassy, and field. Each type of texture has its own specific benefits, which include visual appeal, functionality, and maintenance.

Forms and shapes are another common component of landscape designs. Form and shapes represent artistic ideals and basic patterns, while lines define the horizontal and vertical axes in nature. Landscape designers typically rely on formal forms and geometrical figures to provide a unique appearance. Examples of forms and shapes include tree forms, flower shapes, and geometric figures. Shapes and lines are used to imply different attributes of the landscape environment.

A third common element in landscape designs is the texture of the plant material. Texture refers to the level of roughness or cleftness, as well as how irregularly the forms are formed. Roughness and cleftness refer to the smoothness or tightness of the plant material. Inconsistent textures may not be aesthetically appealing, but can be functionally advantageous for the placement of plants, for example where there is some stress on one side of the plant due to low growing points, uneven soil, or other environmental factors. As plant material is placed in specific areas, certain types of textures may be beneficial depending on the effects desired.

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