Beautiful residential outdoor gardenGood gardens are easy to look at but difficult to pull off. There’s a lot of planning involved, other than choosing the right plants for the space.

So, when starting your own, keep an eye on the following elements to achieve a great garden design:


Almost everything in the garden has lines, from pathways to plant boxes. There are four types of lines: vertical, horizontal, curved, and straight. Each has a particular effect on the aesthetics of the space. Vertical lines convey a sense of strength, like that of a tree trunk, while horizontal lines create a sense or illusion of expanse, for instance, in fences or the distant view of the horizon.

Straight lines, on the other hand, project a sense of order, which is why most pathways are in this form. Curved lines offer a visual variety, breaking the monotony of regular lines. Be sure to have a balanced mix of lines when adding more design features in your space.


This refers to the repetition of design elements. Patterns create a rhythm, which helps move the eyes throughout the space, allowing a more cohesive look. One element you can repeat is color. You may apply this in choosing plants, paying attention to the hues of the blooms or fruits. You can also repeat the type of material used in the design elements.

Most homeowners today are into metal elements in garden spaces to introduce visual contrast from the greenery. For instance, they use steel fences, large copper garden planters, and cast aluminum water fountains. Authentic Provence suggests that you consider using this design trend in your space as well.


This refers to the perceived tactile quality of design elements, meaning how a plant, the pathway, or the water in the fountain feels like when touched. The texture in garden elements can be categorized in two ways: coarse and fine. Coarse textures include your ‘hardscaping’ and garden structures like the pergola. Fine textures, on the other hand, include plants that have delicate features, such as ferns.

Again, you need to balance things out. Most homeowners, for instance, decorate their garden structures with climbing plants or draperies to soften up the hard edges and then keep plants that have rough surfaces in ceramic or copper planters to create a sense of visual equilibrium.

Look around your garden and see if you have the right mix of the mentioned elements. If not, then maybe, it’s time for a makeover.

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