Elements of Landscape Architecture – Line

Landscape architecture uses different elements to ensure harmonious spaces. In fact, if successful, you should not even notice how well the landscape architect uses elements of design to accomplish their goals. One of these elements is creating lines throughout the landscaping to draw the eye into certain areas. These lines turn a landscape into a work of art.

Creating Lines in the Landscape

Landscape architect lines can be created to be straight or curving. They create spaces, direct movement, accent items or areas, and draw the eye. Without lines, the landscape would look like a jumbled, confusing mess. Although, ideally, you should not be aware of the use of lines in the landscape. Well-designed landscapes will use lines without those in the area recognizing their use.

Implied Versus Physical Lines

Lines can be implied by the arrangement of plants or other living elements. These lines are not always completely straight due to the less-than-straight nature of the floral elements used to create these. Often, these types of lines draw the eye toward an area or create accents.

Another form of an architect line comes from physical, manmade elements, such as footpaths or structures. These lines have a more direct purpose of guiding people toward other spaces in the landscape, creating separation between areas, or enhancing focus.

Examples of Line Use in Landscape Architecture

There are several ways that lines can work in landscaping. For instance, in this residential design created by Mark Scott, the footpath directs people’s steps and their eyes toward the seating area at the end.

Another example is this image from a residence in Benedict Canyon that uses a runnel to direct focus down to the fountain at the end of the space and reinforces the formal architecture.

Lines can also be vertical, as seen in this entryway image that uses Italian Cypress on either side of the door to frame it and direct the eye upward toward the roof and sky above.

Contact Mark Scott Associates for Professional Landscape Architecture Design

Professionally designed landscapes require keen observation of the architecture and how to guide a landscape that will complement the site. Mark Scott has created residential and commercial landscapes nationally that create unique, exciting, and comfortable outdoor living environments for family, friends alike to enjoy for a lifetime.

Contact Mark Scott Associates to access such expertise for your property.