Although most people evaluate the success of a landscape development in terms of the selection and condition of the plant materials, most really well-designed landscapes contain a good balance of construction and plant materials.
Carefully designed and executed paved surfaces, fences, walls, overhead structures and edging materials are not only attractive but also reduce routine maintenance.
If possible, when selecting building materials for the landscape, repeat materials and colors already used on the home. Weathered wood, natural stains, concrete and earth tones in brick will usually blend with existing construction materials and relate to the natural environment.
The following elements can be utilized in a typical landscape construction project:
- Brick, including patios and walkways
- Overhead structures, such as gazebos or pergolas
- Outdoor steps design
- Earth molding
- Benches and Seating
A well-designed landscape is a pleasure to the people who use it, enhances a communit,y and adds to the property's resale value. 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.