Do you use height to its advantage in your landscape? Many property owners focus their efforts on greenery and hardscaping that sits at eye level or lower. But adding height to your yard serves a wide variety of important functions, both practically and aesthetically. Here are four easy ways to go vertical and what they accomplish.
1. Add a Statement Tree
A striking single vertical element, such as a beautiful tree, creates a focal point for the yard. Focal points are important because they give structure to a space. They inherently tell viewers where to place their attention and provide a base around which to plan your design. And they create wonderful drama. The best approach for a statement vertical element is to use low elements around it to increase the effect.
2. Create a Backdrop
Do you have unattractive views? Outbuildings you'd like to minimize? Would you like more room to design and play with the landscape? Then what you may need is a vertical backdrop. Use an existing fence of any type, and wind climbing vines on it, or plant taller shrubs in front of it to dress it up. By adding the vertical element behind your overall landscape, you significantly boost the volume you have to work with.
3. Add Layers
Height doesn't have to make a stark contrast with the surrounding landscape. Layers along the outer sides of a property build a gentle bridge instead. Use layering by starting with a tall row of plants at the farthest edge. Add a second, medium-sized section of plants using shrubs or even dwarf trees. Finish it with a low layer of flowers, plants, and small shrubs. This method hides unattractive sections and adds privacy as well as noise pollution — but without a sharp division.
4. Build a Forest
Forests are naturally relaxing spaces for most people. So, why not craft one in your yard? Your forest can have a mix of trees of different types and heights to give it a natural feel. Under this slightly shady canopy, the yard will feel cooler and more welcoming. Then, complement the taller elements with a naturalistic, organic landscape design below.
Where to Start
When you spend time looking up and outward during landscape design, you may find new ways to make your yard look its best. Whether you want just one statement feature, a soft forest, or the ability to hide unwanted elements, using vertical height to its best advantage can do the trick. Start by consulting with a custom landscaping service in your area.