In the landscape design world, horizontal lines or vertical lines and corners of some structures, like a house, walkway, or patio, create a harsh appearance. Landscape design is introduced to reduce the visual impact of sharp lines and subsequently create a more pleasing view. Well-placed flowers, shrubs or small trees conceal sharp lines, like where the ground meets the vertical foundation of the house. Covering or hiding all or part of sharp lines with plants is referred to as softening the line or edge.
|To appreciate the value of softening lines in the landscape, |
imagine a house with no flowers, shrubs or trees (above).
Adding foundation plants helps blend structures into nature. For the do-it-yourselfer, all the flowers, shrubs and trees pictured in the ranch-style house simple landscape design above are available at home and garden centers like Lowes or Home Depot.