New to landscaping? These are a few basic tips to keep in mind while planning how your yard would look like. If you’re a beginner at this, these tips will work extremely well for you. Guaranteed great results.

One. Try massing plants. Massing means to use large groups of plants or large plants to provide mass or visual bulk in a garden planting. Massing is also used to achieve landscape balance or proportion. This gives the landscape visual impact, it creates form, color and texture. Using the massing technique keeps like plants together resulting to lesser maintenance. Don’t be afraid of big plants. Put in your trees and shrubs to give structure to your gardens. Big leaf plants add a level of texture and visual interest. Even small gardens benefit greatly by having large plants.

Two. Make a nice composition of plant forms. Create variety by mixing different forms. Don’t overdo it though. It will be visually overwhelming. Remember the principle of repetition. Grouping plants displays their shapes and creates various effects. Combine large plants with small ones. Round forms add definition and stability. Repeated narrow vertical forms generate stability as well. Consider putting together smooth forms and prickly forms. The main goal is to achieve contrast, repetition, unity and balance. These are key to a visually appealing garden.

Three. Blend plant textures. Texture is not something we consciously think about. We do however recognize it subconsciously. You can see texture by looking at the plant’s leaf characteristics. There are three basic plant texture categories. These are Fine, Medium and Coarse. Put together plants with large leaves and plants with small leaves. Plants with big leaves have course textures. On the other hand, plants with small leaves have fine textures. Texture doesn’t only depend on the leaf size. It is also how widely spaced the leaves are from one another. It also depends on how glossy or dull a leaf is. This creates contrast once again.

Four. When choosing colors, stick to a theme. This is done to establish a sense of order and not arbitrarily putting plants anywhere. Choose a color scheme. The color schemes may be monochromatic, analogous, complementary, split complements, warms and cools. Monochromatic refers to a color palette with one key color that is shaded with black and white. In an analogous color scheme, only pick colors within 3 wedges of the wheel from each other. Complements are opposites on the color wheel. For split complements, choose one main color and find its opposite on the color wheel, then find the colors that are directly next to it on either side. Warm color schemes consist of colors of the sun: yellow, orange, red, and red-violet. Cool color schemes are made up of colors of the ocean: blue, green, and blue-violet. Successfully working with color is a gardener’s secret. An amazing garden can be easily distinguished from a messy or cluttered one.

Above are four tips. Four simple tips that are of equal importance. When these tips are combined, expect a glorious result.

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