A Landscape With Asymmetrical Balance?


Asymmetrical balance, also known as informal balance, differs from one side to the other and appears to be relaxing and free flowing. Using these principles, landscape designers create landscapes that are pleasing to look at and even inviting.


With asymmetrical balance, you don’t balance the landscape elements one-for-one. Instead, you balance the overall effect of all the landscaping elements. For example, a large tree on one side of the porch is balanced by several mid-sized shrubs on the other side.

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Front yard landscape design with uncentered walkway – asymmetrical balance

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a asymmetrical landscape?

A symmetrical garden design is equal on both sides of the central point. ... An asymmetrical design, on the other hand, is still balanced around the central reference point, but in a way that one side differs from the other. For example, one large shrub on one side may be balanced by three smaller shrubs on the other.

Is landscaping supposed to be symmetrical?

Symmetrical Balance Trees and other large elements of your landscaping should be the same either side, as should the height, color and arrangements of flowers.

What is an example of asymmetrical balance?

Asymmetrical balance in art is when each half is different but has equal visual weight. The artwork is still balanced. For example, in the Caravaggio (the picture in the right in the collage), the three men are balanced with Jesus on the left.

Can an asymmetrical layout have balance?

Asymmetry is the lack of symmetry or equality between halves of your design. While both halves of a symmetrical design will be the same (or similar), both halves of an asymmetrical design will be different. That being said, asymmetry is not the absence of balance in a design.

How is asymmetrical balance used in landscape design?

Asymmetrical Balance saved the day on the second photo! The garden entrance is proportionately appropriate to the larger home and thus creates an asymmetrically balanced composition. The unkempt state of the ivy therefore blends into the overall composition, helping keep this somewhat overgrown ivy specimen in sync with the rest of the garden.

What does symmetrical balance mean in a garden?

Symmetrical balance just means that you mirror plants from one side of the garden to the other. Asymmetrical balance is when you determine the overall weight of the plant based on the mass, color and density, and match the weight of each side of your garden or plant grouping.

What are the principles of an asymmetrical garden?

To provide balance, the total mass of the smaller shrubs is somewhat equal to the larger shrub. Asymmetrical garden ideas abound and are dependent on the individual gardener but all share the same basic design principles: Flower beds: Determine your central reference point.

What do you mean by balance in the landscape?

The same idea comes into play in the landscape. We can achieve the same sort of balance by contrasting the visual “weight” of a tall tree with three hefty shrubs. Asymmetrical balance is called “active” balance because it requires a little more work on the part of the viewer to understand that there is, in fact, balance.

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