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17 Oct 2016

What will your landscape look like?

When you’ve seen as many landscapes as I have, you begin to question people just a little bit.

The other day I was at a clients home checking on an installation, and one of the installers approached me with a question. “Why are they putting 3 Crepe Myrtles right there in the middle of the yard?”

It was a good question, he was obviously thinking, “I don’t think I would have done that!”

In the landscape design world we all have our own version of what’s pleasing, and what is distasteful. We all have different opinions of what we like and do not like. All of us equally made to be uniquely different.

So, the question is, “Are we free to create what ever we want to create?” Basically, can we do whatever we want to with our plants in our landscape?

This question is obviously similar to the question asked by the installer. It’s sort of like a puzzle, a lot of people see creativity as something that is unique, or out of the box. Essentially, something without rules or bounds.

But what’s the real story? can you really place your plants where ever you like?

Early on in my design career, I would often ask clients what they wanted me to do for them. The reply would usually come back “Well, your the designer, what do you think?” What these clients were saying was directly retaliated to my design skill, not necessarily to my ability to be “creative.”

Confused yet?

You see when your designing anything there are rules a designer must follow in order to create something that is visually appealing. Some of these rules you might recognize like the rule of balance. This means you can’t have a lot on the right and a little on the left. It’s just not balanced, and it won’t be visually appealing. There are several rules like this, and a designer must be in tune with all of them.

The next thing a designer is looking for is the clients preference. Since the designer can place just about any color, texture, or balance type (such as asymmetrical, and symmetrical.) A designer begins looking around to see if the client has preferred a certain color in other areas of their home. He or she might also ask certain questions such as “Do you prefer a more formal, organized look, or would you rather it to be more natural?” These questions are a small part of obtaining the clients preference. This part of the process allows the designer to follow the rules, but customize them to fit the clients preference.

Then the next step is to think about bed or site limitations. Some things just can’t be done. For example, if you have a power line where the rules of design call for a tree, you’re going to need to get creative. Other examples include the client no wishing their windows to be covered in shrubs. There can also be limitations where the client doesn’t like certain plants such as the Crepe Myrtle. Even if the designer thinks the Crepe is a great option for an area, he or she has to get creative.

So, what do we learn from this?

Creativity is sparked when limitations come into play. Creativity is this wonderful world where you pursue the rules, and clients preferences and attempt to have them meet in the middle. Because the perfect meet in the middle when it comes to landscape design means “you” get the perfect landscape.

Ask yourself again “What would my perfect landscape look like?” Then give us a call, we can walk you through the incredible process of designing your landscape. You will get to experience the gift of creativity, as you and the designer address all the limitations of your new landscape.

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31 Aug 2016

Design Tip of the Day “Smart”

Be Smart… when looking at the area to be designed. Be sure to look at the background you are desinging against. Most people feel like the earth is the canvas when they are designing a landscape. Most of the time however, the front of your home is the canvas. Which means you can’t plant big trees in front of the windows. It also means you need to do things to make the front of the house look better.