Landscaping can be one of the most exciting, fun, and rewarding aspects of gardening. If you are planning to add a new feature to your garden or just want to enhance the look of your existing garden, landscaping is the way to go. Landscaping can be defined as any activity which alters the visible attributes of a given area of land, such as planting, mulching, roofing, or re-shelving. While some of these activities may seem simplistic at first, you will see that they are all interconnected and have a cumulative effect over time. Below are five tips for successful landscaping:

o Create a focal point. A focal point is anything that draws attention to your landscape, whether it is a building a statue or a bush. Landscape paintings often center on flowers, shrubs, or other visual features. In addition, the size, color, and shape of a landscape piece can be used to draw attention to certain features, like a birdhouse or a set of birdhouse stairs. If you are looking to make a small space appear larger, use a large plant with unusual size to draw the eye upward.

o Landscaping can also take the form of photography, especially in the case of landscape painting. Starting in the late nineteenth century, photographic landscapes started appearing in homes and offices around the United States. These early pictures helped to portray a more modernized version of the early American landscape. Over the years, photographic representations of the American landscape gradually became outdated with the advent of new technology, but continue to be used to this day by many people.

o Landscaping can be an expression of art. In fact, the artwork in the form of landscape paintings or sculptures has been around for hundreds of years. The majority of these artworks were created by nineteenth-century American artists. A number of these paintings or sculptures showed scenes from actual archaeological digs, like those done by the British and French in their exploration of America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Some of these images showed actual cave paintings, as well as evidence of other ancient cultures. Artwork in the form of landscape paintings was used to support arguments by some tribes and societies that humans and the earth are one.

o The art of landscape paintings can trace its origins back to the 19th century. During the late nineteenth century, French artist impressionist painters began to develop a style of painting that conveyed an exaggerated sense of reality in the form of geometric figures and shapes. American artist William Collins Pickens developed a similar style when he exhibited his paintings at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the late nineteenth century. Before the turn of the twentieth century, there were no major trends in the types of landscape paintings done by American painters.

o Today’s landscape painting can be considered to have emerged from the American dream. Many modern artists like to create abstract landscapes using techniques like 3D modeling and stylized color combinations. Urban planners and landscape architects put great value to the aesthetics of space and the visual effects it can have on human emotion and psychology. In fact, a lot of contemporary city planning and architecture pays more attention to the visual effects of landscapes on urban sprawl. A landscape painting may also have been an important tool in the conceptualization of spaces and tourism.

o Today, many people still prefer to create their own personal natural beauty through landscape paintings. A personal painting of a serene countryside or a mountain, for example, can provide the needed calming effect that many people need in order to recharge their batteries. This is also a good way to express one’s creativity and commitment to conservation. Many public places around the world still encourage the installation of large-scale landscape paintings in order to enhance the natural beauty of the area.

o In the past decade, Landscaping has become a very popular hobby among many homeowners. Landscaping involves a wide range of activities aimed to beautify the home’s exterior environment. The latest trends in landscape architecture and landscaping, however, has brought together some creative minds from all over the world. These architects, painters and landscapers are coming up with new and innovative ways to decorate gardens, parks and residential areas.