We would like to share some of the landscape design tips that we use often to help our readers gain a better understanding of our design choices. The first pro tip we would like to share is the reasoning behind creating plant groupings.
There are two main reasons that landscape designers create grouping of plants. The first is that simplicity of the planting helps to ensure that things do not get to complicated visually. Landscapes that feature too many different types of plants become visually distracting. Having one of twenty different species can look like a jumbled mess. Having a fewer number of species, and more than one of each plant type, can make a design layout look more organized. It can also help to create a sense of balance. For example, having three of an evergreen on either side of the front door makes a foundation planting look even and balanced, shifting the focal point to the front door. If it were six different shrubs you would not know where to look, your eye would roam everywhere instead of creating the feeling on entry you were going for.
The second reason is that plants often look better in small groups. A small grouping of three to five of a particular plant will stand out more than just one specimen by itself. When there is a mass of color, texture, etc. your eye is drawn to it more as a focal point. For example, what would stand out more…one Black Eyed Susan, or a balanced clump of three? The key is to then repeat that grouping in other areas of the landscape to visually bring the whole space together as a whole. Let’s go back to that Black Eyed Susan…if you have one cluster around a tree on the end of a foundation planting, repeat that same grouping in an island bed. Or in a border along the side of your property. That way when that particular plant is blooming you will see a touch of yellow here and there and the entire space visually works together.
We will feature a few design tips this fall, check back to see what other pro tips the “Home Gardeners” have to share!