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The Role of Landscaping in Design and Sustainability

Updated on May 29, 2011
Lush and Varied Landscaping
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Windswept palms bordering pale sand beaches of Key West. Stately saguaro cacti standing sentinel throughout southwestern deserts. Ponderosa pine marching upwards above the bright blue of Lake Tahoe. Spanish moss cocooning a marshy lane of Louisiana. Single-file cypress delineating a Tuscan townscape. Landscaping can evoke a tremendous range of disparate distant — and equally breathtaking — scenes.

Landscaping can also evoke times and places of our past. The searing sugar maples of our childhood autumns. The deep green box hedges that separated neighbor from neighbor. The grand shadowing sycamore that first held our rope-and-tire swing.

When carefully choreographed, landscaping can enhance the elegance of a resort hotel, or brighten the solemnity of a sacristy. It can counterpoint the sculpture of a museum’s garden, or corral the visitors to an amusement park or zoo. It can convert an otherwise mundane residence to a personal Eden.

By way of its size, spacing, density, and form, landscaping can create outdoor spaces and pathways, channeling movement and function and views. By way of its texture and color, it can become part of the aesthetic presentation of interior design, architecture, urban design, streetscape and lifestyle. By way of its species and interrelationships, it can engender and enhance habitats for other flora, fauna and humans. It can buffer and deaden noise, cleanse the air, harvest and retain moisture, temper the environment, and provide both scent and sound.

Effective landscape design adds immeasurably to our satisfaction with and enjoyment of the world around us.

Appropriate orchestration of landscaping can also greatly aid sustainability. We can employ green roofs and green walls to better temper our buildings and cities using less energy and technology. We can incorporate xeriscaping — the use of locally indigenous plant materials less likely to require intensive and expensive irrigation, fertilization, or other maintenance — to minimize our carbon footprint while maximizing our natural habitat. We can install rain gardens to naturally process rainfall, meltwater, surface runoff and other drainage waters, thereby keeping them out of any municipal processing system. We can capture rainwater for landscaping irrigation, and for other incidental uses, in the process reducing our demand on local water resources.

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    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You are welcome, Moonchild! As I expand into more hubs about architecture and design, I'm sure I'll touch on some of the garden types you mention, as well as specific planting types. (Have you ever heard of Italy's Tivoli gardens outside Rome? Fantastic!) Regards, Rick

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      Moonchild60 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting Hub Rick. I am surprised you did not include the many types of landscaping one can incorporate into their environment; meditation garden, chinese carden, romantic Italian garden, etc... My husband is a Landscape Designer. It is his art. I wrote a hub about it and it has some pictures. Landscaping and gardens reveal a great deal more about people then they could ever imagine.

      Very unique hub Rick and timely. People should think now, this time of year, what they want to be surrounded by, what landscape they want to evoke memories in their children and most importantly, what reflects who they really are. Thanks!!

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