Borrowed Scenery: The Dynamic Art of Landscaping

GardenLandscaping comes in many different approaches and styles which vary depending on several factors. To say the least, landscape design can follow a theme or be completely subjective, depending on the factors surrounding the landscape and the specific needs of the property owner.

There is a wide collection of landscaping styles from all over the world, each one having a unique set of elements and qualities. But, in modern landscaping, planners and designers would usually bring these landscape ideas together, focusing on how they will all make sense with the home’s architecture and the personal needs of the homeowners.  

Design Scope

Landscape designing is usually a blend between hardscape and softscape. Landscape design requires a level of aptitude in multiple disciplines, from artistic composition and artisanship to horticultural finesse and sportsmanship, from detailed site surveying and soil composition to architecture and civil engineering.

A big consideration when planning a design project is objective qualities of the location, such as the climate or microclimates, topography and orientation, site drainage and groundwater recharge, municipal zoning and building codes, soils, native plant habitat, and other measurable considerations.

Design Approach

According to Greenside Landscaping, the pursuit if landscaping is to improve a homeowner’s living environment and achieve harmony with nature. Landscaping is increasingly becoming popular in urban and suburban communities as leisure and gardening are now essential aspects of urban life. 

Designers would put the spotlight on native plants and emphasize special site qualities. Across landscaping styles, the most common approach is the ‘borrowing of scenery’ or the spatial modification of a landscape to retain desirable plants and elements. It is highly important to design a garden that is artistic, functional and thrives over time.


Other than the borrowing of scenery and designing plant palettes, many landscape designers have a certain level of involvement with gardening, either personally or professionally.

Homeowners who are too busy to tend a garden may opt for xeriscaping, a landscaping style which incorporates drought-resistant plants and trees that can live on groundwater for several days and can thrive on shallow watering and minimal nursing.

Landscape design is not static, compared to other disciplines. A landscaping project does not end after construction and planting. The garden will continuously evolve, which is why the client’s needs and inclinations are important considerations.