Landscape Design: 4 Ways to Create Cohesiveness


This garden uses a few large shrubs and trees and then repeats colours and shapes to create an interesting but still very cohesive look.

This garden uses a few large shrubs and trees and then repeats colours and shapes to create an interesting but still very cohesive look.

Last week we talked about how contrast can bring depth and levels to your yard’s landscape.

Another important part of landscaping design is cohesion: that is, every part of your garden feels as if it’s part of a larger vision and not just an unconnected jumble of plants.

This time of the year is always a fun time to go shopping for some amazing deals on plants. That said, keep these few things in mind, so that you don’t end up with an unconnected collection of interesting plants.

1.       Divide the space in your yard with large solitary forms.  A large shrub, an tall ornamental grass, a pond, a boulder, or the large leaves of ornamental rhubarb, will give it structure and will prevent a cluttered look.

2.       Use repetition to tie the picture together.

  • Repetition in colour: For example, a maple or cherry tree with burgundy leaves, repeated in other areas in the form of a Purple Leaf Sand cherry and a group of burgundy Coral Bells. 
  • Repetition in form:  In between the burgundy forms you could plant a blue upright Juniper on the one side and a Columnar Blue Spruce on the other side. You could also add different sizes of globe shaped shrubs dotted throughout your yard. Dwarf Korean Lilacs, many Spireas, Globe Cedars, and Globe Spruces all have a naturally round growth habit.

3.       Fill in the spaces between the larger forms with ground cover, perennials, and smaller shrubs.

4.       Plant multiples when you use smaller plants.  Mass planting perennials or smaller shrubs creates a greater impact than many different individuals.  

 

With our 30% OFF outdoor clear-out sale on this week, now is a great time to pick up some amazing shrubs and perennials and get a great deal on them at the same time.

 

Maria is a landscape designer trained and educated in the Netherlands. She owned a landscape design business for 10 years before moving to Edmonton in 2005 and joining the Hole's team. Book a landscaping design consultation with Maria Beers this fall and we will give you a FREE $25 gift certificate for our Glasshouse Bistro