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Landscaping Design

A New Landscape Design Creates Quite a Buzz

A property's curb appeal makes a great first impression! For that matter, a lasting impression! A major contributor to that 'WOW' factor, without question, is a great Landscape Design. However, great landscaping doesn't just happen . . . it is a true science. It starts with a plan that includes some basic principles and sensible guidelines of landscape design.

We service Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Charleston, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Summerville, Sullivans Island, Johns Island, James Island, West Ashley, North Charleston, Moncks Corner, Goose Creek and neighboring cities.

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Basic Principles and Guidelines of Landscape Design


  • Simplicity is the best guideline you can follow as a beginner or do it yourselfer. Just keep things simple to begin with, as you can always do more later. Pick two or three colors and repeat them throughout the garden or landscape.
  • Consistency and repetition should be one of your main goals in your design. This will create a unity within the design using the elements character, such as, the height, size, texture, color schemes, etc.

Landscaping Rocks and Other Additions

Elements can be the use of many things, including landscaping rocks, accent boulders, groups of plants and other materials. This is where creativity can play an important role. However, unity should be conveyed through at least one element that expresses the main idea through consistent style and a specific theme.

  • Equality or balance can be a little harder for beginners, although necessary to achieve that striking landscape design. Balance is accomplished through Symmetrical and Asymmetrical design elements.

Symmertical Balance vs Asymmetrical Balance

Symmetrical balance is equally spaced matching elements, or mirror image of the garden design, with a garden equally sharing all or part of the same shape, form, plant height, plant groupings, colors, bed shapes, theme, etc.

Asymmetrical balance is a more complex principle of landscape design. Although textures, forms, colors, etc. remain constant to create unity, it's the shapes and hardscapes that can be more random. Asymmetrical may be described as being unbalanced, abstract, or free form while still creating unity and balance through the repetition of some elements.

Contrast can be very interesting. Flowing lines are pleasing to the eye, but the bold contrast of a curve combined with a straight line can be very interesting.

Asymmetrical balance isn't usually dependent on the shape of your garden. Contrast and harmony can be achieved using plants. Fine foliage verses coarser foliage, round leaves verses spiked leaves, as well as, color compliments and contrasts.

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Other Landscape Design Ideas

Plant height, color, and texture may be varied from one area to the next but each area should stay consistent within its own theme.

  • Color adds the dimension of real life and interest to the landscape. To increase depth in a landscape, you can use dark and coarse textured plants in the foreground and use fine textured and light colored plants in the background. Bright colors like reds, yellows and oranges seem to advance towards you. Cool colors like greens, blues, and pastels seem to make an object seem farther from you.
  • Proportion of elements in relation to each other requires planning. Most of the elements in landscape design should be intentionally planned to meet the proper proportions.

Proportion is relative and elements can be scaled to fit by creating different rooms in the garden. The goal is to create a pleasing relationship among the three dimensions of length, breadth, and depth or height. Special consideration and study should be given to proper plant selection to avoid using plants that are out of proportion.

  • Transition is one of the principles of landscape design that can be used to "create illusions" in the landscape. A transition from taller to shorter plants gives a sense of depth and distance (like in a painting), making the garden seem larger than it really is. A transition from shorter to taller plants can be used to frame a focal point to make it stand out and seem closer than it really is.

Landscape Designer

The best plan of all may be a call to a professional first. When it comes to landscape design plans, costly mistakes can easily occur to the beginner or do it yourselfer. Having said that, a call to a professional landscape designer may be a cost-saver, as they have the skills to work with all facets of the landscape. Areas of expertise of a Landscape Designer range from horticulture and planting design to the more intricate areas of paving materials, grading, drainage, water features and lighting design.

We, at Pleasant Landscapes look at the entire property and create a design where all elements are not only attractive, but also one which functions well, creating a harmony to the entire project. A tried and true professional can create a beautiful design that onlookers will be 'buzzing' about all year!

Isle of Palms 843-886-9314 ~ Summerville 843-851-8008 ~ John's Island 843-768-6808 ~ Daniel Island 843-216-4796

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