Principles of Design
I was perusing the University of Minnesota website and the information they have published regarding professional landscape design principals. So I'm looking specifically for feedback from professional certified landscapers on this forum...
The six principals of design:
Simplicity means understanding what is, and is not important in a landscape design. Details that will not have a major impact on the landscape are omitted to keep it uncluttered.
Variety is mixing up the form, texture, and color combinations in a landscape to create extra interest without sacrificing the simplicity of the design.
Balance is the relationship between elements in the landscape. Balance can be formal or informal. Formal balance would usually mean that one side of the landscape is a mirror of the other, while informal balance is when plant sizes and numbers are only relatively similar on both sides.
Plants and plant groupings provide a representation of the types of plants that will occupy an area once the landscape design is completed. A plant grouping might show a shrub border between properties, or it may represent a perennial bed location.
Specimen plants can be part of a larger planting, but usually stand alone in the landscape. Specimen plants provide specific seasonal interest or color through flowers, fruit, or leaves.
Accent plants are plants of special interest that are usually part of a larger planting. Accent plants provide interest throughout the seasons through specific forms, textures, colors, etc.
Key plants are plants that are usually placed in highly visible location. They can be used alone or in groups of three or more. They are associated with screening or softening of architectural features, such as building corners, steps, fences, etc. They can provide emphasis if the chosen species provides interesting seasonal interest, form or texture.
Plant groups are plants of the same species spaced so that when mature, they just touch each other and you can still see the outline of each individual plant.
Massed plants are plants of the same species spaced so that when mature, they grow together to form a solid area of that species. You will not be able to discern individual plants in a mass.
Sequence is a gradual transition from one area to another within a landscape. A landscape with sequence has one element changing at a time rather than several changin at once. A landscape with a coarse-textured plant next to a fine-textured plant is an example of poor sequence.
Scale is the relative size of one part of a landscape to another. Scale may be the proportion or ratio of size between components in the landscape.
With regard to #5, I'm confused about the "poor sequence" concept in combining fine and coarse textures. I thought coarse textured plants next to fine textures is eye catching? Or is it that they can be planted next to eachother, but should be grouped together rather than onesies? For example, I plant a row of hostas in front of my finer textured boxwood for visual interest. I was also planning on adding Annabelle hydrangea along my foundation with a boxwood border, specifically for the textural contrast. This seems to go against this design principal...???
And, in that regard, doesn't this contradict principal #2 texture?
Maybe I'm over analyzing this, but I can't imagine any landscape where course textured plants are solely in a planting bed separate from fine textured. Why would you do that?
Here's the link: