Landscape Design Tools and Principles
The process of landscape design in Victoria BC involves following general design principles, which interact to create the desired appearance. Tools used to achieve this are colour, lines, form, texture, and scale, which are combined with the standard design principles to create harmony within the framework you choose for your garden. These principles include:
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A professional landscape designer uses all these factors to produce the look and feel you want, while keeping an eye on issues such as your budget, the choice of appropriate plants, shrubs and trees for your circumstances, and the ongoing maintenance requirements of your garden.
What Landscape Design in Victoria BC Involves
Every landscape project begins with ideas and planning. The resulting design determines how we ensure that the finished job is what you want it to be. The initial plan includes a clear vision of your ideas, put together by our qualified designer. It also allows us to control the work and guarantee everything we do. This way, you won’t have any unpleasant surprises as to how it looks or how much it costs.
An important factor in landscape design is the ability to work with what you have, particularly if you’re on a fixed budget. Victoria BC has a wonderfully wet and humid climate, in which a wide range of plants grow perfectly, but your individual location matters too. Consider the conditions in your yard, such as:
- whether the area for landscaping is mostly sun-filled or shaded
- the type of activities you plan to use the garden for
- the people (and pets) who will be using the area
- the amount of maintenance you want to do, or whether you’ll be employing a contractor to maintain it
It’s also important to consider the type of landscape design in Victoria BC that would both reflect your life and complement the style of your home.
Why You Need a Garden
It’s important for most homes to have a garden, for several reasons. The ability to sit outdoors (or indoors where you can see the garden view) is recognized by therapists as being particularly soothing and pleasurable.
In addition, studies have shown that garden-based education improves students’ academic performance. Having a beautiful outdoor area where your children can spend time and even do their homework can lead to higher test results and a more positive attitude towards learning. And in terms of personal time, most people enjoy the opportunity to decompress in nature, and to have a place where they can let the thoughts flow and the mind wander.
Common Landscape Design Styles
The best landscape designs are those that have been carefully planned out, with attention paid to the details. Before developing a landscape design in Victoria BC, you need to determine which style would be the ideal fit for your home and lifestyle. Some of the most common landscape styles we get asked to create are:
1. English Garden Style
The English or cottage garden style is a distinctive layout that makes use of informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a combination of ornamental and edible plants. The look is slightly wild and depends heavily on its grace and charm, rather than on a formal structure and expensive installations.
2. Oriental Garden
The Oriental garden style uses water features, rocks and evergreens to create unique perspectives. It’s ideal for smaller urban gardens and produces an ideal space for relaxation and meditation. Some of the plants typically used in an oriental garden include Japanese maples, bamboo plants and flowering cherry trees.
3. Formal Landscape
The formal landscape style of gardening produces a structured environment with symmetrical patterns, straight lines and orderly, well-trimmed plants. Formal gardens often have a focal point, such as a sculpture or architectural feature, with flower beds and pathways surrounding the focal point. Shapes and edges are clearly defined, and color is generally slightly more controlled than in some of the wilder garden types.
4. Woodland Landscape
This style of landscape design in Victoria BC is ideal for homes with extensive shady areas in the garden. The Woodland style reflects the way plants grow naturally, resulting in a less “manicured” appearance than other styles. This is an ideal choice for homeowners who don’t want to spend much time or money on maintenance.
5. Informal Landscape
This is the most common style of garden, which is typically found in homes where children frequently play outdoors. The informal style has plant and flower beds with curved or asymmetrical edges and the plants are placed in seemingly random patterns. English and Woodland garden styles are often also described as informal gardens.
6. Wildlife Gardens
Many nature lovers want to attract birds, butterflies, frogs, bees, and other small wildlife to their gardens. To create an ideal retreat for these creatures it’s important to have open areas that are protected from the wind, and to use plants that provide food sources for them. Habitats like ponds, bird houses, and even beehive enclosures make great additions to this style of garden.
7. Organic Gardens
Many people are concerned about the proliferation of chemicals in our lives, and growing plants organically has become popular not only for edible items, but even for gardens. Organic gardens make use of companion planting practices and other natural methods of pest control and fertilization, and homeowners who want their garden to be a safe haven for children and pets are often especially interested in this style of landscape design in Victoria BC.
Remember, you will spend a lot more time in your garden if you have a landscape design you enjoy, and the best way to achieve that is to use a professional design company to create it.
Benefits Of Using A Professional Landscape Designer
A professionally-executed landscape design project not only enhances the residents’ enjoyment of the home, but increases the square footage of usable space. With comprehensive planning and installation, expanding your living area to the outdoors can bring you an excellent return on your investment. Studies have shown that thoughtfully-developed garden areas design by professionals can increase the value of your home.
Professional designers are trained to think about landscapes as systems, and to assess problem areas as well as the potential solutions. Our experienced team will develop a comprehensive plan for your garden that takes account of both the big picture as well as individual areas and details. We help you choose the right materials, colours and styles for your project and handle all the details, which saves you time and stress.
If you look at two landscaping projects side by side, one by a “DIYer” and one by our professional landscape designers in Victoria BC, you will easily be able to tell them apart. While it might not initially be clear why, the key is in the details and the design. Having the right layout done by a professional landscape designer makes all the difference. At Garden City Tree and Landscape, we have a team of in-house designers who provide professional designs for every project we work on. We ensure that:
- You achieve your vision for your garden,
- Costs are controlled and your budget is adhered to, and
- All subcontracted work is based on competitive estimates obtained.
As an industry-leading company, we also have greater buying power than most private homeowners, which means we can get you the best prices on plants and materials for your garden.
Why Choose Us?
When you choose Garden City Tree and Landscape, you’re showing that you know the difference between gorgeous and simply nice! All our work is guaranteed and warrantied, and our company has created thousands of landscape designs over the years. There’s no substitute for the level of experience we bring to your project. Even in the design stages, you can see what you are going to get.
Visit our Portfolio page for a look at some of our completed projects. To get your landscape design in Victoria BC underway, please contact us or call 250-385-4858 to set up a consultation.