Cool colors, on the other hand (like greens, blues and grays) tend to recede. Use that to your advantage in creating depth. These colors also have a soothing effect and can create an atmosphere of serenity. Mix warm and cool colors or blend them together (reds to oranges to yellows to greens to blues for instance) for unusual and planned effects. Color shouldn’t be everything to your landscape, but it shouldn’t be an afterthought either.
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The KISS principle applies here, too. It is good to have variety, but too much variety and your hard-worked-expensive-time-consuming landscape
designs project looks cluttered and unplanned. Better to be simple. That said, too few elements might be, well … boring. Its up to you, though to make the ultimate decision, but remember, it may be easier to addthings after you’ve lived with the landscape designs for a while than rip things out and replace them with whatever later.
Don’t be afraid to repeat. Repetition is easy on the eye and has an organizing quality to it. A few items, grouped and repeated could keep the landscape interesting and allow for growth and additions. Whether you’re landscaping the traditional way or xeriscaping, meaning to use plants that require less or nearly zero water, the idea is to blend the aesthetic with the practical.
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Size does matter. I mean, in landscaping as in art, varying the size of the objects next to each other is a way of involving the viewer. Proportion has a LOT to do with our size. We judge things according to how tall we are or how close we are to something. For example, New York City is huge if you’re standing in Times Square, but tiny if looking at it from the moon. Or, if you’re like me (under 6 ft.), doorways are plenty large, but to Magic Johnson they’re small.
A large sculpture, meant to be viewed from a distance might not “fit” in a small enclosed area, such as a courtyard. A small water feature might get lost in the back of a large yard. Landscape designing can have small features, but keep in mind the overall impact your efforts will bring. Proportion is relative and your goal is to be thinking of size and size relationships as you make your landscape designs, plans and installations.
Transition means change. How are you going to get from the bushes to the rock feature? I mean visually. Either abruptly or gradually are your choices. Surely you’ve seen landscaped property that gently led your eye around and made everything look like its supposed to look (whatever that means). You actually stopped, took a moment to just stare at one area then another … then another. How the landscaper transitioned between element A and element B probably had something to do with it.
So, decide early if you’re going to have gradual and/or abrupt transitions and where. And, decide early if you’re going to landscape the traditional way or native gardening and travel a more green & eco-friendlydirection. The point is to have a cohesive landscape from border to border. You usually cannot plan to landscape an area of the yard and leave parts totally wild.
Of course, if you could figure out a way to transition from your planned area to the wild area with plants, hardscape items or fencing you’ll have a much better looking yard and a much better feeling about yourself.
Herein, my friend, lies the goal of all your landscape designing endeavors. A harmonious flow of color, interest, design, character and style. In paintings, harmony is something that convinces you that it all makes sense somehow.
One way to produce harmony is by creating a theme. And one of the simplest ways to create your theme is by using a little art or garden decor. Something you’re interested in or have a passion for is best. Remember; your landscaping is a reflection of you.
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