What is Landscape Design?


What is Landscape Design?

Many people now have outdoor living spaces to enjoy. This is a relatively new phenomena: the idea that you can have a great space that is outside to enjoy that is comfortable, inviting, and can help relieve stress after a long day. A great landscape design can help you create the outdoor living space of your dreams.

Timberland Outdoor Services is a landscaping company serving the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our expert team has years of experience helping homeowners and business owners create unique outdoor living spaces through landscape design. Below, we’ll take a brief look at what landscape design is and the elements of landscape design. Contact us to get started today!


Landscape design is the process of taking an outdoor space (usually either your front or backyard), analyzing it, planning, and then designing it, incorporating outdoor features that you want. There are dozens of features that you can incorporate into landscape design, and these are most often divided up into hardscape and softscape materials.

Hardscape Materials

Hardscape materials are those elements that are, frankly, hard. These include concrete patios, walkways, or paver stones, as well as retaining walls.

Softscape Materials

Softscape materials in landscaping refer to the living elements in your outdoor living space, such as flowers, trees, shrubs, and bushes.

The overarching goal of landscape design is to place these elements just right so that they bring unity, harmony, balance, and proportion to your outdoor living space. This is what makes your outdoor living space inviting, relaxing, and a joy to be in. Transitions also play a role in outdoor living space design. This is where hardscape meets softscape elements, as well as a cohesive molding of color, scale, texture, line, and form. One great example of this is having the same color repeated throughout your landscape design at different places.



As you can see, landscape design requires the ability to see the big picture as well as the small details in order to bring these subtle nuances to life. Our landscape design company takes great pride in creating unique outdoor living spaces for you, your family, your friends, your employees, and anyone who walks by to enjoy. If you are interested in our outdoor living space design services for your Minneapolis or St. Paul home or business, reach out today!