Landscape Components (Hardscape and Softscape)
When planning an Atlanta landscape, it's important to integrate
hardscapes and softscapes for a cohesive design that is beautiful and
functional. Hardscapes are permanent structures that require
installation and construction, such as patios and fences. Softscapes
are the natural living components, such as plants and trees. A few
common hardscape components include the following:
Terraces. Terraces provide
a seamless way to turn an unwanted slope into a series of beautiful
steps or step gardens. Terracing can be accomplished with landscaping
timbers or retaining walls.
Walkways, benches, and gazebos.
Not only do these elements add architectural detail, but they are often
the most used features of a landscape. Walkways, benches, and gazebos
are available in a wide variety of designs and materials.
Decks and patios. Combined with an outdoor fireplace, a cozy deck or patio is great for entertaining.
Garden ponds. Self-enclosed systems can include waterfalls, bridges, fountains, and even fish.
Lighting. Use spotlights or fixtures to draw attention to particular aspects of both the landscape and the home.
Fences. Not only do fences provide security and privacy, they can substantially improve the attractiveness of a landscape.
A few favorite softscape components used to enhance the landscape are:
Trees, shrubs, and ground cover. The Georgia climate provides perfect conditions for many plant
varieties. Combinations of these can create a visually pleasing scene
characterized by contrast, proportion, scale, and balance.
Mulch, grass, or ivy. Atlanta landscape designers use ground-cover alternatives to add
texture to a garden. For unused sections of the yard, the
low-maintenance options of mulch, pine straw, and ivy may be preferred.
Flower gardens. Many
homeowners incorporate both perennials and annuals into the garden
design. For example, pansies are annuals that are often planted in the
late fall to provide color throughout the winter months. In the
spring, summer flowers are planted to replace the pansies.
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