Focal Point

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In most of my designs I try to intentionally create at least one Focal Point or a specific end focus. And generally, based on the size of the landscape, it is just one. Focal points are intended to capture your attention, make you look to or through an area. By my own definition, a focal point is a display or element that stands out from its surroundings. Too many outstanding points of interest may get a bit busy.

There are instances where Landscape and garden designs can end up having several focal points without intentionally planning them into the design. It isn't really a concern as long as balance was created in the design plans. Just be aware of it as you plan your design.

Focal points are created to lead the eye and so can be used lead direction. In front yard designs, a beautifully framed entryway or door combined with the line attribute of a sidewalk or garden walkway, creates a clearly visible invitation to the front entry. In other instances, line and display could invite and lead visitors through a garden or landscape.

For a complete gallery of design ideas, plans and examples of focal points, see the Gallery Of Free Landscaping Ideas. For a large directory of landscaping pictures categorized by various design styles, see The Pictures Directory. Or if you just want to find a professional to do your project, see landscape contractors and designers. One way or another you can get your landscape project done.

The basics of creating and using a focal point in landscape design.

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