Visual balance is a very important key to a well-designed landscape plan. Scale, texture, lines, and layers are all factors that must be carefully negotiated in order to create a balanced planting scheme.
The photos on this page serve as examples of balanced landscape installations. Notice the plant sizes in the designs and how they flow up and down in height gradually in a manner that enhances the existing terrain. A balance between straight lines and smooth curves is also present, as is a healthy mix of large and small textures. Plant types are differentiated through the use of evergreens, grassy plants, bushy plants, and flowering plants to achieve an optimal blend that provides color year-round. The design is meant to flow in such a way that one's eyes follow a line leading through the landscape, terminating in a striking focal point. Designs that take the visual balance of a landscape into consideration create environments that are much more pleasing to the eye.