The Basic Principles Of Landscape Design In Australia

At Lynx Landscaping, we begin every project with a clear vision of the project’s goals. Understanding the client’s desires and requirements is crucial in crafting a landscape that fulfils expectations. Once we have a clear understanding of their needs, we move on to the two key aspects of landscape design: Elements of design and Design principles.

Elements of Landscape Design

The elements of landscape design are the building blocks that shape the various features in your garden. These elements guide us in making choices for plant selection, hardscaping materials, water features, and more.


Lines serve as the foundation of landscape design, influencing the flow and direction of the space. Straight lines evoke formality and order, vertical lines have the ability to enlarge an area, while curved lines and horizontal lines add a sense of grace and softness. We carefully consider the placement of lines in your landscape to create visual interest and guide the eye along a pleasing path.


Form refers to the shape and structure of plants and hardscaping elements. We skilfully utilise various forms, such as round, oval, and columnar, to achieve a balanced and dynamic landscape design. Combining different forms adds depth and texture to your outdoor space, enhancing its overall visual appeal.


Colour is a powerful tool in landscape design, creating moods and focal points. We meticulously select a harmonious colour palette that complements your property’s architecture and natural surroundings. Bold and bright colours draw attention, while soft and cool tones create a soothing atmosphere, influencing the overall ambience of your landscape.


Scale is a crucial principle that deals with the size relationship of various elements within the outdoor space. Proper scaling is essential because it directly affects how people perceive and experience the outdoor environment. When elements are appropriately scaled, the landscape feels inviting and balanced, creating a comfortable and harmonious environment.


Texture refers to the visual and tactile quality of surfaces and materials used in the outdoor space. It adds interest, depth, and sensory experience to the landscape. There are two types of texture: visual texture, which is the perceived texture based on appearance, and tactile texture, which is the physical feel of materials. Thoughtfully combining individual plants and materials with varying textures, such as coarse texture, fine textures, rough textures, and prickly creates visually appealing landscapes that engages the senses.


Principles of Landscape Design

The principles of landscape design are the guidelines that help us organise and arrange the elements into a beautiful and cohesive landscape.


Achieving visual balance and harmony is key to an outstanding landscape. We consider the size relationships between elements, such as plants, hardscaping, and buildings, about the overall space and human scale. The right proportions create a seamless connection between different elements, ensuring a balanced and pleasing composition.


Creating a well-organised and balanced landscape is essential. We pay close attention to spatial organisation, ensuring that the layout flows naturally and coherently. Thoughtful arrangement of specimen plants, structures, and pathways establishes a sense of order that complements the environment and architecture, providing a sense of structure and purpose.


Repetition adds rhythm and unity to your landscape. We strategically repeat certain elements, such as specific plants, plant materials, or shapes, to create visual patterns that tie the entire landscape together. This fosters a sense of harmony and coherence, making your garden inviting and harmonious.


Unity, or harmony, is the ultimate goal of our landscape designs. It is achieved by skilfully integrating all design elements to create a cohesive and pleasing whole. We utilise various techniques, such as symmetrical design and asymmetry design, the dominance of focal points, interconnection of landscape features, and grouping elements in threes or other odd numbers, to achieve unity in your outdoor space. Adopting a clear design theme or design style can help create unity, but is not required.


A smooth transition between different elements is essential for creating a visually appealing landscape. We carefully consider gradual changes in colours, sizes, textures, and shapes of plants and other landscape features to ensure a harmonious flow. This principle guides us in avoiding abrupt contrasts that may disrupt the overall composition, promoting a seamless and natural transition.


Contrast adds visual interest and depth to your landscape. By skilfully combining complementary colours, textures, and shapes, we create dynamic and captivating outdoor spaces. Thoughtful use of contrast draws attention to focal points, highlights architectural features, and adds drama to your garden, enhancing its visual appeal.


Simplicity is the key to elegance in landscape design. We believe in the philosophy of “less is more,” focusing on a specific design theme and using a restrained colour palette and shapes. This approach creates a clean and sophisticated landscape that exudes timeless beauty and tranquillity, ensuring a serene and inviting environment.


Balance in landscape design refers to the equilibrium of visual attraction, ensuring that no single element overwhelms others and creating a cohesive and pleasing outdoor environment. Symmetrical balance is used in formal landscapes when one side of the landscape is a mirror image of the opposite side. This design approach embraces geometric patterns in walkways, planting beds, and even the careful pruning of plants into specific shapes. While symmetrical balance exudes a sense of elegance and order, it can also appear somewhat rigid in appearance and requires diligent maintenance to preserve its pristine allure. Unlike symmetrical balance, asymmetrical balance differs from one side to the other. This non-balance adds a sense of dynamism and visual interest, creating a landscape that feels natural and organic.

Lynx Landscape Design

At Lynx Landscaping, we understand that landscape design is an art form that requires a delicate balance of creativity and technical expertise. By applying these principles of design, we transform your outdoor space into a work of art that not only enhances your property’s aesthetics but also enriches your daily life.

Contact us today, and let our passion for landscape design create a masterpiece on The Gold Coast.
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