An Introduction to Home Landscape Design

A man and a woman sitting on a bench

Many people are confused about what home landscape design looks like. It can be quite a confusing ordeal for some people. Home landscape design is important because it helps us appreciate the beauty of our surroundings, and it also makes the home more functional. The purpose of using such a theme is to guide the eye movement, subconsciously, in such a way as to enjoy the home landscape design in question over time.

For example, if you walk into your home and find a beautiful garden, you would be inclined to stop and take a good look around it. If you were to use a home landscape design that highlighted the best features of the garden, you would be less inclined to linger. Alternatively, if the garden site plan was cluttered, or had a very interesting shape that went against the house, people walking past would not be able to appreciate it. On the other hand, if the garden site plan was clear, attractive, and logical, you would find it much easier to appreciate the garden and relax over the way it made you feel.

Home Landscape Design

A close up of some grass

This brings us to the subject of texture. Texture can make or break a home landscape design. If you put a lot of landscaping plants, rocks, trees, and edibles on the landscape, it will likely make it too flat. The same concept can be applied to smooth surfaces. This is why grassy surfaces are preferable to concrete in any outdoor area since concrete can become very slippery if it’s used on a very smooth surface.

There is no specific rule for home landscape design. Some people like a single focal point, such as a tree, rock, or bench; others like to see a diversity of focalization, for example, by building a rockery between two groups of landscaping plants. Of course, it really depends on your own preferences. Another factor that may influence your decision is the size of your home and how much work you’re willing to invest in landscaping.


A view of a lush green hillside

Landscape drawing is one of the first things you should do when creating your home landscape design. You should do this as soon as possible before you start digging up the ground and preparing your lawn. Drawing a landscape sketch will help you decide which parts of your landscape will go where and what features you need to accentuate. Your drawing will also allow you to see exactly how your landscaping will relate to your home’s front yard. In addition, it helps you keep in mind the flow that you want your design to have.

The basic elements of a home landscape design are perspective, eye movement, focalization, lines, shapes, and color. With these basic elements, your landscape sketch will be easier to follow and will make it easier for you to create an aesthetically pleasing and well-ordered front yard. Let’s discuss each of these key elements one at a time. Then, we’ll move onto a final discussion about focalization.

At this point, your drawing is essentially done. But let’s take this one step further. Now that your site plan and your initial landscape design are finished, you can look at each element of your landscape and determine its placement relative to other elements in the overall layout. For example, if you’re planning to build a patio or deck around your property, you need to figure out where the best place for the light fixtures would be. Likewise, if you plan to plant trees in your yard, you need to determine where they will go relative to one another. You can also do this if you’re planning on a specific theme for your home’s overall layout.

Bottom Line

When it comes to the actual application of your landscaping ideas, you need to think about texture. In a nutshell, texture refers to the subtle visual effect that plants and materials will have when viewed against a landscape background. Some of the most common types of texture include: bumpy, coarse, sandy, or wavy. Plants that are of similar height, such as shrubs, herbs, and grasses, or plants that are of different heights, such as pebbles, rocks, and tiles, will all typically receive varying degrees of texture. This is very important in creating the right atmosphere inside of your home; without the correct texture, your backyard landscape design will look out of place.

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