There are two main objectives most people wish to accomplish when designing a landscape; function and style. To meet these objectives, it is important to know what the property in question is meant to be used for. A residential landscape or an area that needs to accommodate entertaining large numbers of people will differ substantially from a commercial landscape, and a landscape that requires very little maintenance will differ from that belonging to an avid gardener. All these things need to be considered when undertaking a landscaping project. This is called the function of a landscape. It is the first, most basic factor that must be determined before individual style can be applied to the project.
Once the framework of the functionality of a landscape has been determined, the possibilities for the style are nearly endless. Elements such as plants, grasses, flowers, trees, rocks, paths, walls, statuary, and water-features can all be added to make a landscape reflect the taste and lifestyle of the property owner. Care must be taken to ensure that plant, flower and tree selections grow well in the climate and are suited to the safety needs of the owners, for example a family with children would want to ensure that plants are not poisonous.
One other important factor to consider when designing a landscape is the potential effect on the property value. Many landscaping elements can be considered a monetary investment because the increase the value of your property. However, there are some landscaping choices that could pose liability problems, such as installing a swimming pool. Be careful to consider all these implications before making any final decisions on a landscaping design.