Thursday, January 15, 2009

Landscape - Using Natural Patterns in Landscape Design

I sat in an interesting talk yesterday on using natural patterns to create landscape designs. The following are some of the patterns that were discussed.
  • Scattered patterns - in scattered patterns there will be random clumps with space between
  • Serpentine - this is a snake like pattern
  • Mosaic - this is a pattern that is developed by patching smaller units into an overall larger pattern
  • Naturalistic drift - This is a larger planting of one species that is linear or curvilinear in nature against a background of a different species.
  • Dendritic - this is a branching pattern similar to a tree
  • Network - in a network pattern, multiple lines intersect each other in the pattern
  • Spiral - a coiling shape
  • Radial - a pattern where everything radiates from a center outward

I will give examples of these in pictures in future posts.

Gordon Johnson, Extension Horticulture Agent, UD, Kent County.

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