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Design principles: the compositional elements of garden and landscape design

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The five grand compositional elements of garden and landscape design are

  1. water
  2. landform
  3. vertical structures (eg buildings)
  4. horizontal structures (eg paving)
  5. vegetation

See also: note on definitions of landscape design and garden design

For most people this requires:

Knowledge of materials is important and an appreciation of Feng Shui is valuable. As with a kitchen receipe, one needs a method to combine materials. There is a discussion of design methods in the Landscape Architecture Guide section of this website.

Once the six elements have been composed, one can think about the extras:

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