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Tenets of Highland Landscape Design: Proportion, Transitions, Color

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic tenets of landscape design and why it’s important to be aware of them as you get started with any kind of new landscape. While no one says you have to be a landscaping professional to design and build a great landscape on your property, having a bit of base knowledge can go a long way. 

At Olympus Landscaping, we’re happy to offer the best landscape design services in Highland and nearby areas of Utah, ensuring all our clients have access to our professional design expertise and solutions. Here are a few other foundational concepts that it pays to keep an eye on when you’re designing any landscape.


No matter what the size and scope of your landscape is, the crucial factor is that the proportions of your landscape match up. When we talk about proportions, we’re referring to the scale of the various elements in your design. For example, a large waterfall might look out of place if it’s placed next to a tiny pond that only adds up to half its total height.

Consider the scale of your home and how large or small you’d like to make your outdoor space, as well as how many spaces you want (gardens, patios, decks) and where they’ll be. You need to consider these factors when deciding upon materials such as trellises and also when choosing your plant life.


Within the landscape, there may be multiple areas where changes occur. This might be a transition within the landscape itself between different sections, or it could be along the boundaries of your property line where one area ends and another begins.

Transitions should never be abrupt – as you move from one area to another, there should always be some intermediary step that helps it feel like a natural progression. This can be a small area of landscaping or even the use of plants to create a border that’s visually appealing.


Another key aspect of landscape design is color. One thing that professional landscapers do is consider the colors within any given plant and determine how they will work to create a visually appealing landscape.

For example, large shrubs can create barriers in front of a patio or small garden spaces, but when paired with plants and flowers of similar height and width, this can become a natural and complementary border for the space.

These are just a few of the foundational aspects of landscape design that you should consider as you plan your own new landscape project. Remember, with the right professional help and advice, even those without any prior landscaping experience can create the outdoor spaces they’ve always dreamed of!

For more on this, or to learn about any of our landscape design or installation services in Highland or nearby areas, speak to our team at Olympus Landscaping today.

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