Line is likely the most important design element and certainly is the one you will most often use in your design. For an informal look use a curved line for a more formal one use straight lines.
· Texture is defined in 3 categories. 1-Coarse includes plants, structures and hardscapes that are bold and large. 2-Medium texture takes in many plants and smaller structures. 3-Fine includes plants such as ferns and grasses and structures that are thin and delicate.
· Form is the shape and structure of your plants, hardscapes or garden structures.
· Colour is the visual POP in your design. Blues, Purples and Greens are calming and seem to move away from you. Whereas warm colours like red, orange and yellow seem to bring things closer to you.
· Scale or proportion in the landscape is simply the size of your plants or structures and how they relate to each other and the area you are landscaping.
You now have the basics. It does not matter whether or garden is large, small or somewhere in-between,