Landscape Design

Create a Project File

In preparation for your new landscape design, Four Seasons Landscaping will create a project file. This project file consists of gathered information from an onsite visit. This information will be used as the basis for creating a Base Plan, Site Analysis, Use Analysis and Schematic Plan. Your project file for the landscape design will contain most, if not all, of the information we need. We can then begin work on your landscaping project.

Landscape Master Plan

Once the initial information is gathered and organized, a “final” Landscape Master Plan will be constructed . This plan will include (but not be limited to) landscape design objectives, desires and budget. The Master Plan is Crucial The landscape master plan is a crucial part of our landscape design process. Many less-experienced Colorado Springs landscapers don’t use a master plan. Without a detailed master plan, it will be difficult to complete a successful landscape project!

Landscape Design & Installation

Now that your new landscape design is finished, it is time to put your plan into action. The final package for your landscape project will include: the Landscape Master Plan, a hardscape materials list, a plant materials list, along with installation scheduling and time frames. With a complete design for your landscaping project in hand, you can rest assured that your home or business will look as close to that ideal discussed early in the project as possible. Resulting in your extreme satisfaction for a complete job – well done.

The 7 Major Principles Of Landscape Design

Principles refer to prescriptions or standards for arranging or working with different elements in order to produce the landscape design that is intended. Seven principles are combined and followed by good landscape design: repetition, rhythm, transition or sequence, emphasis or focalization, proportion, balance, and unity.


1. Unity

Unity refers to using elements to create consistency and harmony within the idea or main theme of a design. The principle of unity provides the design with a sense of interconnection and oneness. You design can achieve unity through using trees, plants, or materials with a similar texture, common hue, or repeating shapes or lines. However, it can be too boring if a landscape design has too much unity. Therefore it is very important that some contrast or variety be introduced into a landscape design.

2. Balance

Balance provides a landscape design with a sense of symmetry and equilibrium in visual attraction. Balance can be presented in three different ways. Formal or symmetrical balance is achieved whenever the number of objects, weight or mass of both sides of a design are identical. Informal or asymmetrical balance in a landscape design provides a feeling that both sides are in balance, despite the facts that the sides do not appear to be the same. To achieve asymmetrical balance within visual attraction opposing compositions can be used on both sides of the central axis. Radial balance in landscape design has a central point. Examples of radial balance include the cross-section of an orange, a wheel, or a sunflower.

3. Proportion

Proportion refers to the size relationship between various parts of a landscape design or part of the design and the entire design. A small backyard garden would feel cramped with a large fountain, but within a sprawling public courtyard, the fountain would complement it. Proportion considers how individuals interact with a landscape’s various components via regular human activities.

4. Emphasis or Focalization

Emphasis or Focalization directs visual attention over to a prominent part of the point of interest of the landscape design. It might be an elegant spruce tree, a mass of herbaceous perennials, a stone-finished garden fountain or earth-form sculpture. Emphasis might be accomplished through the use of a plain background space, unusual or different line, or contrasting color. Strategically placed plants, walkways or paths can lead one’s eyes to the landscape’s focal point without distracting or taking away from an overall landscape design.

5. Transition or Sequence

Transition or Sequence creates visual movement within a landscape design. The way to achieve sequence is through a gradual progression of color, size, form or texture. Examples of elements in transition include landscapes going from bedding plants, to shrubs, to medium trees to large trees, or plants going from fine to medium to coarse textures. A transition can also be used in landscape design to create distance or depth for emphasizing a focal point.

6. Rhythm

A feeling of motion is created by Rhythm which directs the eye from one part of a landscape design over to a different part. Rhythm is evoked through repeating a form, line, texture, shape, or color scheme. When the rhythm is expressed properly it eliminates monotony and confusion from your overall design design.

7. Repetition

Repetition within landscape design involves the repeated use of elements or objects that have the identical color, texture, form, or shape. Although a unified planting scheme is provided to the landscape design, there is the risk that repetition can be overdone. When it is correctly implemented, however, repetition may lead to emphasis, focalization or rhythm within a landscape.

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