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Principles of Design

Unity is one of main goals when creating your ideal landscape design. By adhering to consistency and repetition we are able to achieve unity throughout the plan. Repetition creates unity by repeating alike elements, such as plants, plant groups or decor throughout the landscape. Consistency creates unity in the sense that some or all of the different elements of the landscape fit together to create a whole.


Simplicity may sound simple, but it is also one of the most important principles of design. Often when a design is very complex it can be misunderstood by most who encounter it. So when considering the simplicity of the design, we try to make it complex but simple enough to be understood by the common person.

Balance in design is just as the word implies: A sense of equality. There are basically two types of balance in landscape design: Symmetrical and Asymmetrical.

Symmetrical balance is where there are more or less equally spaced matching elements of the garden design. With a garden equally divided, both sides could share all or part of the same shape, form, plant height, plant groupings, colors, bed shapes, theme, etc.

Asymmetrical balance on the other hand is one of the principles of landscape design that's a little more complex. While textures, forms, colors, etc., may remain constant to create some unity, shapes and hardscapes may be more random. This form of balance often has separate or different themes with each having an equal but different type of attraction. We often use boulders, logs, bold contrast and water features to create asymmetrical designs

Color adds the dimension of real life and interest to the landscape. Bright colors like reds, yellows and oranges seem to advance toward you and can actually make an object seem closer to you. Cool colors like greens, blues and pastels seem to move away from you and can make an object seem farther from you. At Total Package Landscaping, we add the right balance of color to your design to bring out the dimension of a space you desire.

Natural transition
Natural transition can be applied to avoid radical or abrupt changes in your landscape design. Transition is basically gradual change. It can best be illustrated in terms of plant height or color but can also be applied to all elements in the landscape including, but not limited to, textures, foliage shape or size, and the size and shape of different elements. In other words, transition can be achieved by the gradual, ascending or descending arrangement of different elements with varying textures, forms, colors or sizes.


Line is of the more structural principles of landscape design. It can mostly be related to the way beds, walkways, patios, outdoor living areas and entryways move and flow.
Straight lines are forceful and direct while curvy lines have a more natural, gentle, flowing effect.


Proportion simply refers to the size of elements in relation to each other. Of all the principles of landscape design, this one is quite obvious but still requires a little thought and planning. Most of the elements in landscape design can be intentionally planned to meet the proper proportions.

Repetition is directly related to unity. Its good to have a variety of elements and forms in the garden but repeating these elements gives variety expression.

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