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Landscape Design Ideas

Updated on September 11, 2014

Landscape Designing - Ideas for Beautiful Landscapes

Every home is set apart not only by its special or custom look, but also by the lanscape design surrounding the front yard and the backyard.

The landscaping design is very important when we construct a new house or modify an existing one. For those passing by it gives a rough idea about the people living inside. There are no set rules for landscape designing: it should be tailored by the house owner for his own pleasure, reflecting his ideas and thoughts.

There are two major ideas involved in landscape design:

- Landscaping for Aesthetic Pleasure

- Natural/ Eco Landscaping

"A Thing of Beauty is Joy Forever"

John Keats

Landscaping for Beauty

Beautiful things have always attracted people, regardless of what importance they play in our lives. They give a joy in our lives. In landscaping, appearance plays a primary role. The first thing to do is design the landscape in paper or using software. The primary aspects for design are

symmetry & asymmetry.

Symmetrical designs are very formal. They look almost equal in both sides of a particular axis. Humans are attracted towards patterns and order. So, designing a landscape with perfect symmetry and geometry will have a huge impact on the human mind. Asymmetrical designs are informal, and they are loved by artists. Beauty in irregularity also has a huge impact. The designer should be very creative, in order to create asymmetrical landscape designs.

While designing for landscape, one should have an idea about the focus of the project and how to make it more attractive. A fountain, or the entire house structure, can be focal points. All other things should be placed in position as if they point toward these focal points .The climate of the region and the soil should be properly studied before deciding the materials that are to be used.

The living components of the backyard, for example plants, trees and grass, should be selected properly. The colors of the flowers play a huge role. It is advisable to place lighter shades in the foreground and darker shades in the background.

The non-living components of the backyard including the pavement materials, sheds, rocks, and water bodies are very important as well.

Maintenance is key in maintaining a beautiful landscape. Grass and plants should be regularly cut and watered, rocks and other features cleaned, and , of course, your beautiful surroundings should be enjoyed to the max!

Purple Paradise

Purple Paradise
Purple Paradise

Spring Garden Mix

Spring Garden Mix
Spring Garden Mix
Wildflowers field
Wildflowers field

Natural Landscaping for the Eco Friendly Folk

Natural landscaping involves landscaping without causing disturbances to the environment. Most landscapers don’t follow this method, as they feel beauty, alone, is the function of landscape design. However, efficient landscaping has a huge advantage over its aesthetic counter-parts.

In order to avoid the disturbances caused to our environment and to maintain the delicate harmony of our natural setting, we can plant native trees and plants in our backyards. The alien species of plants and trees, which most of us use, have spread into our neighborhoods and have caused significant damage. Increased amounts of pollution and intoxication of water bodies are primary concerns.

Efficient landscaping is an art and science. Trees should be properly selected and placed to give shade to us, thus transforming our place of living. Trees can help keep us cool in the summer season. Edible landscaping, by definition, is the growing of plants that can give us vegetables and fruits that we consume in our daily life. In this era of global warming, climate change, and increased pressure on natural balance, it is better to use natural landscaping techniques.

Radius Garden NRGSET Green 4-Piece Ergonomic Gardening Hand Tool Set, Includes Trowel, Transplanter, Weeder, and Cultivator
Radius Garden NRGSET Green 4-Piece Ergonomic Gardening Hand Tool Set, Includes Trowel, Transplanter, Weeder, and Cultivator

They are not only sturdy enough to do their job but are also lightweight and well-designed, ensuring that your hands and wrists are pain-free even after working with them for hours.

 

Quiet Spot

Quiet spot for those afternoons when you need to get away from it all
Quiet spot for those afternoons when you need to get away from it all

Colorful Backyard

Small Yard Landscape Design

Tell me about your dream landscape design!

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      ShedHead LM 5 years ago

      I actually enjoyed your lens on Landscape designs. I have got quite a few lenses myself on shed plans and constructing sheds your other readers may also be curious about.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love planning my garden. Living in the tropics makes it a constant work in progress as everything grows so quickly.

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      etravelvn 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these great garden design ideas.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I would love to have a gazebo as a focal to a garden. Lovely garden ideas. Blessed.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Well, I really do love the purple paradise you have presented, along with the multicolors of flowers. I'd love to have a lavender garden. We'll see what develops!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Well, I really do love the purple paradise you have presented, along with the multicolors of flowers. I'd love to have a lavender garden. We'll see what develops!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just drew in a deep breath as I came through your landscape designs, must be the fresh air. I dream of a yard with lots of trees, water features, moss, wild flowers and wonderful garden rooms to enjoy....oh, and a garden bench of course!

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love the quiet spot photo you show here. Looks so beautiful and peaceful.

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      Steven Cousley 6 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      Lovely images in this lens. Thank you for sharing.

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      Beautiful landscapes!

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      Lady Gotrocks 6 years ago

      I really really really miss having a yard..... *sigh*

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Makes me want to go outside and plant some pretty flowers :).

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      GardenArbor 6 years ago

      Very nice garden ideas!

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      some very nice landscape design ideas here!

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      alyssa87 6 years ago

      nice lens :) i appreciate your efforts

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Dream lanscape involves, and it sounds daft to say it, lots of flowers. No concrete and glass monstrosities, just flowers, foliage and some burbling water.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like space with trees and streams.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like space with trees and streams.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like the spring garden one with tulips. Already looking forward to spring!

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      TheresaMarkham 6 years ago

      I'm always challenged w/the design of the flower beds - I tend to want to do too much in a space - these are really great ideas & suggestions - great lens! Congrats on Purple Star!

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      I absolutely love the gazebo. Beautiful!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I like to use mostly native plants to keep it as carefree as possible and enhance my yard for wildlife. Beutiful photos and ideas - you have me dreaming of spring!

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      What a beautiful garden. My favorite would have to be the purple one.

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      I like the purple one

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      I miss the landscaped yard I had before we moved and this inspires me to want to get out and get busy. Great pictures!

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      I have a pond in the back and I want to dress it up more. Maybe extend the area further out. Maybe add a creek bed, a little dry one, a little . . . .

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Would love to have a landscaped designed garden.Full of drought tolerant plants,pathways to different areas and big ponds of water with waterlillies growing there.Lovely photos!

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Your photos are stunning! I leave the landscaping to my husband and our garden is now where near as beautiful as yours :)