April 14, 2024
Modern Landscaping: Understanding Landscape Design Techniques

It’s hard to overestimate just how much a landscape designer could add to the aesthetic of your garden. Over the last few decades, as house prices have risen and houses have shrunk, gardens have taken a real hit. These days, if you have a garden, then the chances are it’s a small one, which is why it’s vital that you know how to make the most of this space.

A landscape designer can help by using their techniques to optimise this small space into the perfect outdoor area. While they can’t make your garden bigger, they can help to make it feel bigger and today, we’re going to talk about how.

Hardscaping Features

By far the biggest and most noticeable elements in any piece of landscape design are the hardscaping features. Hardscaping features are larger, man-made elements that are used to define spaces. While natural materials like wood and stone are used, the key to hardscaping is that it imposes a level of structure over your garden, breaking down the various elements into necessary groups. This can help to lend a sense of scale to a garden by segmenting different spaces with different purposes.

Using Verticality

One thing that many people miss when thinking out their garden design is the importance of verticality. Put simply, while you may be limited in two dimensions you have far fewer limitations in three.

For example, while a tiered structure won’t actually give any more or less ground, it will move some elements further away from others, adding more overall volume and a feeling of size. This is why people often choose for their patio/seating area to be raised above the rest of the garden.

Another way in which verticality can be used is through overhead elements such as pergolas or even trees. Both of these elements can – with good consideration – take up very little ground space, but can add tremendously to a garden all the same.

Understanding Your Needs

The most important factor in all landscape design is understanding the needs of the homeowner. If you’re an avid gardener and you want your outdoor space filled with bright colours and buzzing bees, then you’ll need more in the way of flower patches. Alternatively, you might want to grow vegetables, which – depending on what you’re growing – may well need a lot of sunlight but aren’t there for their aesthetic value. Then, of course, you have those who don’t garden at all, for whom the area will need to be relatively low maintenance whilst still having that pleasant outdoor feel.

The job of a landscape designer, at its core, is about understanding how the space will be used and knowing how to create solutions that will best match it.

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