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Interaction between elements
  • Balance & symmetry
  • Directing attention & Feng Shui
  • Similarity
  • Contrast
  • Progression and flow
  • Repetition and rhythm
  • Definition
  • Grouping
  • Framing
    • mulch or other understory
    • companion plants
    • borders on beds
    • lawn
  • Composition (how it all hangs together)

Infrastructure

  • Shape of buildings
  • Countour of land
  • Paths, stairs, walls, roofs
  • trees & shrubbery
  • Water: ponds, pools & fountains
  • Supports: arbors, fences, trellises...
  • Containers
  • Maintenance access

Beds and borders

  • purpose determines structure
  • layout (may take research)
    • attraction (what do you want?)
    • suitability
    • compatibility
    • completeness
  • niches
    • ground cover
    • foreground
    • middle
    • background
    • accent

Single Plants

  • Architechtural elements in the design
  • Specimen / accent plants

Furniture & statuary

Maintenance

  • Deadheading, trimming and pruning
  • Mulch and weeding
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Chemicals
  • Irrigation