Your Grand Entrance
Your landscape should be the entrance into your home. It should embody the overall feel, this outward presentation of the inside of your home. This begins at your property line. The entire property not just where your home begins. By using a gate or arbor, small fences, or hedges as a garden border you create a visual line to the entrance of your home. These are also used in the back yard; a visual guide to the flow of your garden.
The key to success in this is having a focal point and leading the eye to that point. This is where the elements of design come into play. Your landscaper should be well-versed in these principles and elements of design. These can be used in any garden, big or small.
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Try sitting and looking out onto your landscape from every room in your home. Take note of what you see and then imagine what you WANT to see. Make sure to have plan views that show the inside looking out at different places in your home and different angles. You want your landscape to be just as pleasing from inside your home as it is from the outside of your home. You want the view to be spectacular.
This will help in creating a complete landscape plan. You may think something looks good on the outside but discover it blocks a little more light from the inside or detracts from the view. This way you visualize all aspects of each part of the landscape plan before you’ve even started.
Place Your Home In The Plans:
Your home is the largest focal point and thus must be included in your landscape planning. Your home and garden should work together in terms of style, scale, colors and materials. You can use trees to frame a house, but do not conceal it or overwhelm it. This will detract from the overall flow of your garden and diminish your curb appeal. You should use shrubs and flowers to create a welcoming approach to the entrance of your home. Create foundation plantings that are more than just a line of shrubs around the house — try varying levels of plants, deep borders and curves. Use seasonal colorful plants to add vibrant splashes of color to your garden landscape.
Day Two in a new twenty part series about how to successfully landscape your garden. For information about landscape planning you can email us at: Roanoke Landscapes
You start by planning and establishing the focal points. These can include trees, big shrubs and tall ornamental grasses, as well as structures such as a gazebo, archway, pond, trellis or statue. You place these first and the rest of your landscaping can be filled in around these large focal pieces. You must map out the focal points and large objects to make sure you have flow and harmony with your landscaping space.
Day One in a new twenty part series about how to successfully landscape your garden. For information about landscape planning you can email us at: Roanoke Landcapes