Before beginning any
project, it is a good idea to develop a landscape design, a "blueprint" for
determining exactly what you want to accomplish. The
design can be either a concept sketch, or a scaled
drawing. A photo-realistic image with plants and structures
is also helpful in visualizng the final
outcome. This will ensure that the end result fits
your personality and meets your expectations.
Plantings are a wonderful
way to "soften" a landscape. For instance, to make a raised
patio look more inviting
and soften the edges, you can add perennials and/or flowering
shrubs. Different types of clay pottery create
an artistic feel.
Stone walls both contain and define while
giving permanance to an area. Natural stone walls
are really a work of art and often take quite a bit of
time to build so they look just right. They are a welcomed
addition to any property.
Your pavement selection should be practical
as well as color-blended to match your
material must be carefully selected for safety as well
as aesethics. Clay brick or concrete pavers are a good
choice because they are compacted into a sand and
aggregate base. Garden paths and grotto areas that have a
rustic appeal can have some irregularity to them. Bluestone
flagging, cobblestone or pea gravel create a welcoming
entrance to the garden niches in your yard.
Water features are a high sensory element to
the landscape. They should be located in main gathering areas
or meditation spots. The front yard facing the street is not
the best location for a water garden. Water gardens are all about sound!
Consider the ampitheatre effect when choosing a location,
perhaps near your bedroom window. Many people enjoy listening
to the soothing sounds of water as they're falling asleep.
lighting creates a portrait of light in your
landscape. Nothing is more dramatic than night lighting.
By uplighting your landscape, you are reversing daylight;
creating an opposite effect of what you see during the day.
Plants and structures that you may not have noticed in the
daytime suddenly become alive at night. Ambient light that is
transitioned around your yard is easier on the eyes than bright
spotlights, porch lights and post lights.
"Nothing has a greater
visual return than night lighting. By
uplighting your landscape, you are reversing
daylight; creating an opposite effect of what
you see during the day. Plants and structures
that you may not have noticed in the daytime
suddenly become alive at night."