In this article we examine some of the design principles you might think about using when planning your garden – it should give you some food for thought!
Intro: The fact that a design looks attractive is usually not a matter of chance. Visually-pleasing compositions are usually a result of a well thought-out, disciplined effort partially based on a set of Design Principles which apply to all types of design, regardless of materials or scale. They are not hard and fast rules that must be followed to guarantee success. They are however, suggestions to keep in mind as helpful guidelines.
Repetition is the technique of using element, size, form or texture throughout a composition. It provides a common tie or visual link amongst the various parts.
The replication of the Camellia hedges at the Art Center in Melbourne creates repetition throughout the garden design.
The repetitive use of the Agapanthus in front of the house helps to also create unity.
Interconnection is a technique for producing unity by physically linking various elements of the composition together. In this diagram element F has been introduced to join the individual elements in a formal way, while the next slide shows informal interconnection.
Joining elements makes a more pleasing composition. The eye seems to travel more easily rather than stopping on each individual shrub. By connecting plants, you create a more cohesive composition with the eye taking the scene in as a whole, rather than having the plants compete for your attention individually.