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As with anything ‘design’ related (such as art, graphic design, and photography), landscaping design has basic principles that it is important you understand completely before trying to undertake your own project. This will ensure that your landscaping project becomes an attractive feature of your property, rather than an unsightly mess you can’t believe you paid for. These are the basic principles and how you could incorporate them into your space:click here.
Unity
These are the elements of a landscaping project that are used to create harmony and consistency with the main theme of your space. Having unity in your garden gives it a sense of oneness and interconnection that cannot be achieved in any other way. When designing your landscaping, remember that too much unity can be boring and that you need some contrast in order to make the space work.
In your landscaping project, create unity by using plants, trees, rocks and other elements that are in similar shapes, colours or texture.
Balance
These are the elements of a landscaping project that give your space a sense of equality and symmetry. There are three ways that you are able to ensure balance with your garden: symmetrical (or formal), asymmetrical (or informal) and radial (or circular). Symmetrical balance is achieved when both sides of your landscaping design are the same, whereas asymmetrical balance achieves this feeling by having equal weight on each side without it being identical. Radial balance has a centre point from which the landscaping design radiates out, identical all the way round.
Proportion
These are the size of the elements of a landscaping project in relation to each other or the design as a whole. In order to get the proportion of your garden right, you will also need to take into account the ways in which people interact with the various elements of the landscaping as a part of their daily activities (such as hanging out the washing).
In your landscaping project, remember that a large fountain would cramp a small yard but would like right at home on a sprawling property.

Rhythm
These are the elements of a landscaping project that create a feeling of motion in your space, leading the eye from one area of the yard to another. When done correctly, rhythm will ensure that your garden design is neither confusing nor monotonous.
In your landscaping project, create rhythm by repeating a colour scheme, shape, texture or form.
Whilst these are only three of the basic principles of landscaping design, they are by far the most common and easy to implement into your space, helping you to create a garden that is memorable and attractive. By understanding how each of these principles needs to operate in your space, you can help to prevent common landscaping design mistakes.