Archive for July, 2009
Before, gardens were just used to grow plants, flowers, and in some instances, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Nowadays, gardens are greatly utilized to provide an aesthetic accent in one’s home. Thus, the art of garden landscape has become more popular in modern homes. Balance is an essential factor that is considered in landscaping a garden. There are two different types of ocular balance that are used separately and these are symmetric layout and asymmetric layout.
A landscape with a symmetric layout utilizes a design where what you can find on one side of the garden is also reflected on the other side of the garden. A good illustration is our face where if you divide it lengthwise, what is on one side like the eyes, ears, nostrils, and other facial parts is also on the other side. In garden landscape, the consideration in a symmetric layout is not limited to the elements involved such as the plants, flowers, and other garden accessories. Oftentimes, the color, size, shape, and clustering is also given importance. Symmetric layout is commonly used to obtain a formal appearance to a garden.
On the other hand, an asymmetric layout is more of a personalized and free-form landscape design used to promote harmony and arbitrariness of garden elements at the same time. In this design, the consideration of factors such as the color, size, shape, and clustering are less strict. The appearance of an asymmetric garden is more natural allowing the achievement of a concept that no landscaping method has been used and everything has been positioned as it is.