If you are changing the look of a yard, in an attempt to make it more aesthetically pleasing, then it means you’re designing a landscape. Ask someone who has studied landscape designing and he or she will tell you that they are taught two major things. First, how a viewer perceives a landscape, and second, how a landscape designer can alter that perception by amending the following four things:

  • Unity – Unity is how a landscape designer uses the elements of a landscape in a design to present a theme coherently. Designers achieve unity by applying a design over a landscape consistently, making sure that every single element involved in the design fits in the overall theme and presents a striking overall picture.
  • Balance – When you compare the two segments of a designed landscape, you’re basically checking the level of balance maintained between the segments. The extent to which one segment complements another is called the balance.
  • Proportion – When a landscape designer tries to achieve unity in a theme, it’s necessary to maintain the right proportion of each element. Proportion is all about making sure that the size of each element fits aesthetically into a landscape.
  • Transition – Transition is the change that a designer brings in a landscape by altering the color, texture, form, and scale of landscape elements. Designers must avoid frequent transitions unless they’re trying to achieve a particular look.

The Involvement of Science and Arts in Landscape Designing

Plants are the most essential part of any landscape design. That’s why people believe that landscape designer must have sufficient knowledge of horticulture. That’s true because a landscape designer needs to be careful about the plant form, plant texture, and color theory that they use in a landscape theme, but there are some decisions that the designers must take based on their personal tastes and intuition instead of scientific facts.

The Difference Between Landscaping and Landscape Designing

Although most people use the two terms interchangeably, there is a slight difference between them. Landscaping is something that is mostly self-taught. On the other hand, if you have studied landscape designing, it means you have the ability to design landscapes on a professional level. Another significant difference between the two terms is that landscaping also covers the maintenance of a landscape. However, a landscape designer is only responsible for designing a landscape and the responsibility of maintaining it and keeping it in a good order is someone else’s. 

It’s true that landscape designing involves more art than science. This is the reason why different people tend to have different opinions about a professionally designed landscape. In landscape designing, there’s room for personal choice, tastes, and preferences. It’s entirely up to landscape designers what kind of plants they choose and if they prefer formal or informal (cottage-garden) style of landscape design.

If you’re looking for a reliable landscaping service that is well-aware of horticultural facts and has a great artistic taste, then contact Sinacori Landscaping today and decide how you want your yard designed.  We can be reached at 248-651-5400.