Landscape Architecture in Orange County

Creating a captivating landscape is an art. As with all art, the most outstanding landscapes follow the six fundamental principles of design. Yes, striking landscapes can eschew one or more of these principles. But it's true what they say about needing to know the rules before you can break them.

Sorrells Landscape’s landscape architects have years of training and experience. That’s how we can bring the following fundamentals to commercial projects in Orange County. Together, we'll turn your commercial landscape into a masterpiece.

1. Balanced Landscape Design

Balance is the first design principle for any visual art. It describes the relative distribution of objects and colors in space. It's usually divided into two types: symmetrical and asymmetrical.

Symmetrical balance is when one side of a landscape mirrors the other. Think about evenly pruned shrubs or flower beds that match on either side of a pathway. Asymmetrical balance directs attention away from the center. Keep in mind that both require deliberate landscape design to appear natural.

2. Landscape Design Hierarchy

An effective commercial landscape directs customers’ attention. The leading element is known as the focal point. It’s what first draws the viewer’s gaze and establishes expectations. An ornate water feature can be the focal point in a garden. A web of lights might be the focal point on a patio. It’s important to think about balance when deciding on a focal point. Too many bright colors, flowering landscaping plants, or contemporary sculptures can distract clients. Keep hierarchy in mind to offset dominant features with more subtle additions.

3. Contrast in Landscape Architecture

Contrast highlights are a distinct element of landscape design; for example, intricate pavers contrast with a soft green lawn. Contrast helps highlight the focal point, but too much can be jarring. Landscape architects are adept at walking the line between visual interest and chaos.

4. Repetition in Landscape Design

Repetition increases the visual impact of a design by foregrounding what’s important. Repetition can be achieved through a pattern of natural stone pavers or flowers that match the color of your corporate logo. Even landscape lighting can be a way to add consistency to your property. By introducing a rhythm to the landscape, designers can bring coherence to your property.

5. Scale and Proportion

Proportion is the relative size of all landscaping elements. Effective use of different sizes can draw attention to a focal point; for instance, short retaining walls can be used to define space without enclosing it. Pergolas and patios should complement your existing building rather than overshadow it. Large accents can be used to guide customers.

6. Unity in Landscape Architecture

A unified outdoor space is one in which all the five elements of the landscape architecture work together. It makes strategic use of scale, repetition and contrast; a harmonious landscape is balanced.

At Sorrells Landscape, our landscape architects have years of training in the fundamentals of design. If you’re looking to enhance your Orange County property with unified landscape architecture, talk to our experts today.