What is Landscaping?

Landscaping is the art of arranging a particular area which is aesthetically pleasing to the eye of the viewer. Landscaping is both an art and a hobby. Professional landscapers need to have an artistic mind to create beautiful landscapes for their customers while hobbyists do landscaping for their own satisfaction. It is hard to break down landscaping into specific categories since many form landscaping are more of personal preferences like any other art. But for easiness of our discussion on landscaping we can classify landscaping into two main categories called formal and informal landscaping.

Formal Landscaping

Many people think that formal landscaping refers to landscape designs done by professionals and informal landscapes are designed by regular people. This is not always true. In the formal landscaping refers to arrangement of the landscaping area into specific shape and order. Many formal garden designs are geometric patterns. The essence of formal landscaping is to have a sort of order that is hard to miss. The plants and flowers are usually chosen with care to complement each other. This is because they bring out the features of the landscape that they are planted on. Formal landscaping normally has low hedges or low walls to separate flower beds in an orderly fashion.

Water structures as well as other stone or wooden structures are also found in formal landscaping designs. Stone is a common medium used in formal gardens since they add a touch of class and elegance. Many formal landscape designed areas are large in size since the beauty and order of the formal landscaped area needs to be seen in a larger picture. Most of the public gardens are designed in this fashion.

Informal Landscaping

Informal landscape designs are not based on any particular pattern or geometric shapes. Informal landscaping is more like letting the garden run its natural course with some guidance. But the art of informal landscaping is actually not as easy as you might think. Although, informal landscaping features a jumble of plants and landscape structures, there is a certain order in the jumble. Many professional landscape designers also have to consider the area and the preferences of the homeowner when making and informal garden design. The gardener, by culturing the plants in a natural way, without any large scale pruning or trimming, lets the landscape have some semblance of disorder which is natural in appearance.

Landscaping is a very interesting hobby for those who wish to do it themselves. The actual process of planning the area to be landscaped as well as making the landscape design which you will rely on the basic lay of the landscape is a worthy project that a homeowner can enjoy. Not only will you have fun planning your own landscape or your yard but you will also enjoy maintaining your garden after the entire landscaping project has been finished. So are you ready to start planning for your backyard landscaping project? Think of some landscape designs and ideas. In the next post I will give some tips on finding the right landscape designs and show you few landscpae pictures as well.

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