The Elements of Landscaping


Nature is complex. As such, a landscaper is working with living plants, seasonal changes, bugs, weather conditions, and the subtle differences of soil. The most important thing for a landscaper to do is to distill and simplify the chaotic beauty of nature. A landscaper tames the wild through his or her expertise in design and horticulture. Simplifying the disorder of the wild is the core of traditional landscaping. Advice from Groby Landscapes blog tells us many facts about landscaping, block paving and garden design that they perform around Leicester.


Lines are the most basic visual element in landscaping. Lines are the skeleton of the landscape. Lines can showcase dramatic differences that result in flamboyancy or, alternatively, they can have the subtlety of shading and instead emphasize the coalescence of all nature. Mixing lines can be beautiful, though it’s difficult and often the sign of a master landscaper.

The Elements of Landscaping block paving and garden


Form is connected with the plants that the landscaper chooses. Mother-in-law tongue has a vertical form, whereas a shrub like a Hill’s Yew has a horizontal form. There are also drooping forms, edged forms, and rounded forms. How these forms are used is a function of lines; it’s a question of whether or not you want gaudy or subtle changes.


Texture has to do with how the plants feel and also how they look like they would feel. Things to consider are a leaf’s coarseness, the smoothness of the bark, and the thickness of the foliage. This element, more than line and form, is more open to interpretation and experimentation. Having a thick and thin shrub next to each other is not necessarily a loud statement.


Scale is the comparative width, length, and size of different plants and objects. Though it’s an important element there are no widely accepted rules. The art of employing the proper use of scale is subjective and there aren’t mathematical formulas or golden rules. It usually boils down to whether the landscaper thinks the size difference looks good or not. Objects that are all the same size can look monotonous or regal, and varying sizes can appear garish or magical.


Colour is a tricky element, especially when dealing outside of the realm of greens and browns. The easiest way to split flower colors is warm and cool. Transitioning between these two types of colors is usually gradual. Because flowers bloom at different points a landscaper must be an expert in seasonal changes so that the landscape looks cohesive throughout the year.

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