Landscape Design Basics
When planning out your backyard landscape, consider how you intend to use the space. Do you have young children who often play outside? You’ll want to make sure there are plenty of soft surfaces and safe play areas in your landscaping design. Do you entertain often? You may want to include a patio, deck, or pergola in your design.
When designing your landscape, it’s important to keep NOLA’s climate in mind. Here are a few things to consider when landscaping your backyard:
- Heat retention and heat reflection, since the average high temperature in New Orleans is between 80°F and 90°F. Also, consider how a certain landscaping element will affect sun exposure throughout the day. Shade from trees can be highly beneficial in reducing solar gain during the summer months but could cause other problems if landscaping elements are not placed correctly.
- Water retention, since the average rainfall in New Orleans is approximately 60 inches per year. Gardens and landscaped areas need proper drainage to avoid waterlogged roots of plants. Make sure your landscape designer doesn’t create a swampy backyard by directing stormwater away from existing landscaping features or placing them in an area that naturally absorbs water.
- Windbreak, since the Gulf Coast is known for its strong hurricanes and tropical storms. A properly placed windbreak can help reduce damage to your home and landscaping during a storm.
Front Yard Landscaping
While you may not be entertaining in your front yard very often, there are other important reasons to design this space well. A well-landscaped front yard can:
- Help to define your home’s exterior and create a sense of arrival
- Serve as the first impression visitors have of your home (curb appeal)
- Add value to your home
Landscape Design FAQs
Landscape design is an art and science that deals with arranging landforms, plants, water features, and structures to create a pleasing outdoor environment. It encompasses everything from garden design to creating an outdoor park. Fredrick Law Olmstead, considered the father of landscape architecture in America, once said, "The enjoyment of scenery employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it; tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it..." The goal of landscape architecture and design is to create sustainable outdoor spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, functional, and environmentally friendly.
- A professional landscape designer has the knowledge and experience to create a functional and beautiful outdoor space that meets your specific needs and desires.
- A professional landscaper can help you save money in the long run by recommending plants that are durable and easy to maintain.
- A landscaper can help you stay on budget and complete the project in a timely manner by handling all of the outdoor living plans, landscaping materials, plant designs, irrigation system installation, seeding/turf areas (if necessary), outdoor lighting placement, and installation.
- A professional designer can bring in new ways to envision and address the property. In combination with the client’s vision, the best decisions are made.
When it comes to landscaping, there are no rules. You can have as many plants and accessories as you want in your yard. However, if you're not sure where to start, here are a few landscaping features that are popular in New Orleans:
- Perennial gardens
- Vegetable garden
- Outdoor fire pits
- Pergolas, arbors, and trellises
- An array of unique pots and fountains
When landscaping your yard, it's important to choose beautiful and durable plants. Keep in mind that the most important part of landscape architecture is that the space brings you enjoyment.
There is no shortage of beautiful plants at TPG - The Plant Gallery's Garden Center. Our specialists take pride in not only designing your landscape but also accessorizing it with a range of plants that flourish in NOLA's tropical climate. Whether you're looking to incorporate tropical plants or evergreen shrubs, our plant nursery provides a variety of options that can help your garden thrive.
A landscape designer is responsible for the overall design of a landscaping project. They work with clients to understand their needs then create a plan that meets those needs while also considering the limitations of the space. A landscape designer can work on both residential and commercial projects.
The five basic elements of landscape design are line, form, texture, color, and scale.
Landscape designers use a variety of software programs to help them with their designs, including CAD (computer-aided design).