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Five Essential Elements of a Beautiful Landscape Design

Beautiful Landscape Design

Beautiful, effective landscape design requires certain elements to be considered very carefully.

Designing a beautiful, dynamic landscape may seem like a challenge, but when you take the five essential elements of landscape design into account, you may find that it’s quite simple. As with any project, the critical aspects of stunning landscaping are to plan carefully and do your research. No matter how stunning a design you create, if your climate does not allow for the plants you choose, or if you aren’t willing to follow through on maintenance, the beauty will quickly fade. However, if you use these five elements and consider carefully, you’ll have a stunning landscape in no time.


Consider the difference in how the texture of a cypress contrasts with the smooth stone of a path or a rough ornamental grass. By creating layers of texture, you can create a dynamic visual that keeps the viewer excited and engaged. Different types of plants can offer a wide range of textures, as can hardscaping and water features.


Consider the shape and structure of the plants and hardscaping features you currently have in your landscape as well as those you would like to add. These shapes make up the element of form, which can have a dramatic impact on the mood of your landscape. Formal gardens, for instance, will have well trimmed and manicured hedges and bushes with straight, distinct edges. Informal gardens, on the other hand, will have more free-form shapes with less constricted edges.


As with texture, using a range of scales can help create a dynamic visual impact. However, the scale can also play into how well your landscape fits with your home. If you have a small house with a small yard, too many large features can make space feel smaller and cramped. For a large home and yard, small features may become underwhelming. Finding the perfect fit can be a challenge, but a professional landscaper can help you navigate.  


Consider your landscape like you might a piece of fine art. Every line within the visible space helps to draw your eye further into your creation to a distinct point of interest. Features like hardscaping walls, paths, hedges, and garden rows can all create these lines. As with your form, consider how different line styles affect the mood. Once more, straight lines and precise angles will create a more formal look, while flowing, free-form lines will look more informal.    


Whether you choose a monochromatic theme in a simple range of greens, or if you decide to utilize a wide range of colors and tones, color can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your landscape. Color can help bring drama and life to your garden and is not to be taken lightly. Along with being visually appealing, color helps to emphasize features, attract wildlife like birds and pollinators, provides seasonal variety, creates a mood, and helps to blend your interiors to your exterior for a seamless transition.

Let Michael Bryan Landscapes Prepare Your Hardscape for 2019!

When you work with Michael Bryan Landscapes, you are bringing your landscaping vision to life with a team of experts who are committed to the quality of their work on your home. Whether you want to design a landscape for your outdoor space, build a deck, or install a stone patio, our team of experts is ready to help you make it happen. Since 2009, we have served Maryland and Northern Virginia with a variety of landscaping, hardscaping, design, and installation services that not only keep your outdoor space looking great but working as efficiently as possible to meet the needs of your family throughout the year. If you are ready to get started with your landscaping project or service today, call us at 443-203-1951 or email us at Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for updates and weekly landscaping tips!

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