What Are the  7 Principles  Of Landscape Design?


When starting a new landscaping project you want to keep in  mind unity. This means that all of the elements of your landscape should create one theme and be  in harmony.


Tip: Try arranging plants by  their shape!


Balance is another important element to consider.  This principle can be broken down into symmetrical and asymmetrical styles. The choice is yours if you want your landscape geometrical or smaller/bigger!


Tip: Asymmetrical landscapes require less  maintenance!


Don't overload with details!  Use simplistic ideas that avoid too many details and colors.



Consider the proportion you  want to make the elements  within your landscape.  Adults and children view objects in different ways, so take your audience into consideration.


Tip: Make sure space,  decor and buildings are proportionate to  natural elements in  your landscape!


This principle refers to the element that first attracts the attention of viewers. This is one of the most important principles because the focal point should have the strongest feature in  the landscape!


Tip: Common features  include bright  colors and  unusual shapes!


Create rhythm by putting similar elements at equal distances.  This will create a line effect that will help make your landscape more interconnected.



Contrast allows you to make your landscape appear striking and fresh! Using alternating colors is one way  of accomplishing this!


Tip: Warm colors appear closer to you and cold colors appear distant!

American Gardens can help  you with your landscaping needs.  Your landscape is a collaborative, creative process that begins by discussing the central goals of  your project. We assess and address the challenges and opportunities  your property presents and use our  team of architects, designers and horticulturalists to create a design that reflects your tastes and your lifestyle.