Elements of Southwestern Ontario Landscape Design

Incorporate these ideas into your backyard oasis

When it comes to landscape design, it can be hard to know where to start. With so many Southwestern Ontario landscaping services and options, it can be overwhelming. Luckily, Rural Roots’ accredited Landscape Designer can help turn your outdoor living dreams into reality. Let’s take a look at the basics…


Colour can turn a calm, soothing garden into a vibrant play area for children. Colour helps set the mood, which is why it should be one of the first things you think of when planning your outdoor area. You can create harmony with similar colours, or a striking contrast with different colours through flowers and plants, hardscapes, fences and garden structures like pergolas or gazebos. So when it comes to your Southwestern Ontario landscaping services, how can you use colour?

  • Set the mood with colour – use subtle shades of deep red to create romance, or use yellows to create a lively, vibrant space.
  • Extend your indoor areas to the open air by using the same colour schemes and shades.
  • Accentuate a particularly beautiful feature – like a fountain or gazebo – with a contrasting colour.


Scale is the size relationship between objects both within your outdoor space and garden and other surrounding objects, like your home. Choosing the size of the elements in your outdoor area with the other structures in mind will help ensure that all elements of your design are appropriate for the space. With the help of Rural Roots’ Southwestern Ontario landscaping services, you can be sure that the scale of your outdoor space – from the size of your walkway path, to the size of your fountain and gazebo – will work for you! 


Texture can be added to your outdoor space through a variety of plants, as well as hardscaping. Texture adds an interesting element to an area, making it visually appealing. Plant texture, like the roughness of a tree’s bark or the smoothness of a flower’s petal, can help create variety in a garden. Hardscape materials with great textures, like interlock paversnatural stone or flagstone, can help intensify or balance the rest of the design. 

While colour, scale and texture are all important aspects of landscape design, there is nothing more important than a good plan. Call the experts at Rural Roots to discuss your ideas and we will take care of the rest of your Southwestern Ontario landscaping services!