Beauty. It casts a spell on everyone coming into its presence. It awakens unmistakable feelings of admiration and delight. The feelings that are different from a feeling of satisfaction derived from ordinary items and experiences.
An example of this is the beauty, reflected by a garden that has been thoughtfully refurbished in the best traditions of landscape design.
What’s landscape design?
Landscape design is a relatively new art tradition, aimed at making gardens visually pleasing and practical at the same time. It consists of two components: the softscape, namely, living elements (e.g., plants and trees) and the hardscape – non-living elements (e.g., fountains and pavers).
Historically, according to a famous landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, the main goals of gardens were to be food-producing or space-creating. However, nowadays, more and more gardens are designed with a goal to satisfy aesthetic needs and preferences of their owners.
Just like all types of preferences, the aesthetic ones vary depending on a part of the world that people live in and a culture that they belong to or find inspiring. A landscape designer accounts for this and works with a variety of culture-inspired themes to fulfil aesthetic desires of every client.
Below are a few examples of the most popular landscape design themes with a brief description of their main features:
Use of stone, elements of symbolism, monochromatic colours and simplicity.
A combination of colour contrast, mass plantings and decorative foliage.
Classic architecture, symmetry, topiary and crisp geometric shapes. It is the most common design theme in England and some European countries.
Hot colours, bold leaves and a jungle-like appearance.
Taking into consideration geographic location, property’s idiosyncrasies and other external factors, professional landscape designers work to bring clients’ desired design themes to their gardens.
The responsibilities of a landscape designer
A professional landscape designer:
· Gathers information about individual needs and preferences of a client.
· Carries out an analysis of a client’s property from a variety of viewpoints to create a customized plan for a site.
· Uses imagination, education and experience to spot problems and opportunities of a site.
· Offers an artistic eye to help a client see how certain ideas can be manifested at their site.
· Helps to choose the most fitting combination of hardscape and softscape elements for the design’s plan.
· Helps to avoid costly mistakes and works within an agreed budget.
· Engages a network of experts to ensure a success of the project.
The benefits of landscape design
The advantages of a well-executed landscape design are both practical (e.g., an increase in usable space, avoidance of unnecessary confusion and costly mistakes) and aesthetic (such as long-lasting enjoyment of a garden). Moreover, a high-quality refurbishment of the outdoor living areas can be an effective investment. Recent research indicates that professionally developed gardens possess a potential to increase the value of a property up to twenty percent.
If this is what you are looking for, please contact the team of professionals from the Russad company for a friendly consultation. Your questions will be answered. While your needs and preferences will be heard and carefully considered when designing the future garden of your dreams.