Any homeowner who is considering landscaping to improve the beauty and function of their property likely already has some ideas in mind. However, when starting a landscape design plan, it is important to take some time to carefully consider the nuances of how your vision may impact your outdoor space.
What To Consider When Starting A Landscape Design Project
Any landscape design project will work to unify the client’s vision with the existing landscape. A careful, thoughtful landscape design will protect and benefit the property ensuring that the landscape design project lasts for years to come while improving the quality and appearance of the property.
A healthy property is a flourishing property, and landscape design should protect the health of your land by utilizing natural resources. Environmentally friendly hardscapes, like natural stone instead of artificial pavers, not only improve the authentic look of a design but also protect the health of the earth by allowing water to perk through them. Some plants require less fertilizer or pesticides in order to grow, and others may be beautiful but consume vast amounts of water. Developing a rainwater catchment system to utilize the natural weather to water plants is a resource-friendly way to reduce the cost of maintaining an outdoor landscape while benefitting the environment. Be sure to consider the impact that each element of your outdoor design will have on the natural world and how you can strive for a harmonious, low-impact design that keeps your land healthy.
Plants With Function
Plants are a valuable part of landscape design for more reasons than just their aesthetic functions. Some plants offer a bouquet of aromas that can serve to calm you and alleviate stress, like lavender. Others may bear edible fruits and vegetables creating food for your family. Other plants may be thick and robust enough to serve as physical walls or barriers to give landscape privacy.
Effective outdoor spaces make use of themes for unity and flow. This may mean relying on a repeated shape throughout the design, or perhaps dedicating an entire space to a thematic element like a Zen garden. Themes are an effective starting point for determining what types of plants and other features would complement your outdoor space.
Who Is Using The Space?
One of the most important considerations when developing a landscape design plan is to understand who is going to be using the space. If you plan to use your land for entertaining guests, consider how you have spaced the elements of a design and whether there will be sufficient room to move about.
Work With Experienced Landscape Professionals
Designing a landscape that suits your vision and personal preferences is an exciting endeavor, but it comes with its own unique challenges. If you would like the assistance of landscape professionals to review your design and offer suggestions, reach out to Jean Brooks Landscapes. We believe that an outdoor space should be both artistic and functional, and we would be happy to help you to achieve your vision in a manner that is healthy for your property and in line with the landscape you have always dreamed of creating. Reach out to speak with an experienced landscaper.