Repetition Following natures lead

Don't be afraid to repeat design elements in your garden; repetition makes the design that much stronger. Think of a forest with thousands of the same kind of tree, each with the same vegetation underneath. A forest like this beautiful, yet most people seem timid about using repetition in their landscaping.

Repetition carried too far creates a tedious scene, but a lack of repetition works hard against unity. One daylily gets lost in a planting that's made up of 100 varieties of plants, but an acre of daylilies is boring. If you strew clusters of daylilies throughout your garden, repeating them like a musical refrain, they gain energy and contribute to the continuity of the planting. If you do that with many elements, both plants and hardscape features, your design will be strong and good-looking. Check out Figure 5-3 to see examples of poor repetition and strong repetition.

Figure 5-2:

Plans with symmetrical and asymmetrical balance.

Two halves of landscape are approx. equal in visual weight without being identical; no formal axis

Overall design is orderly and coordinated elements are arranged along axis

Two halves of landscape are approx. equal in visual weight without being identical; no formal axis

Overall design is orderly and coordinated elements are arranged along axis

Figure 5-2:

Plans with symmetrical and asymmetrical balance.

Asymetrical Landscape Design

Trees and shrubs balance each other but aren't symmetrical

Trees frame fountain

Shrubs repeat on each side

Trees Axis balanced left and right

Axis

Trees and shrubs balance each other but aren't symmetrical

Trees frame fountain

Shrubs repeat on each side

Trees Axis balanced left and right

Axis

Figure 5-3:

Plans showing bad (left) and good repetition.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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