Plants + Landscape Design elements

I have been doing a bit of research into lighting in gardens/out door spaces. I thought it would be good for me to know a bit about nature/’natural’ environments though the way of design or landscape gardening. A few things that really stood out to me were the way in which there is a whole design and thought process first. By understanding how plants react with light, sound and colour I think would really strengthen this connection light/sun has with plants and where this installation (major project) could head.


From a designers perspective – the way in which light falls on plants on a garden is quite important. When looking at plants different kind of light reacts differently to all plants. The main thing is is that the way in which light falls on a plant is either flat or frontal. Flat light means that there is minimal contrast between shadows and highlights.

Lots of different types on light- low light, warm light, cold light, early morning light. I like the idea that plants can take the light from the air that enables them to glow or the space to glow. Silhouettes in low evening light. Some types of plants that have a transparent nature and tend to look better in open spaces that are lit.

I feel there s similar link between the natural worlds ‘unpredictability’. Things that seem irrational to ourselves may not be from the perspective of nature. My link between plant communication and light (apart from the obvious) is how sun light is also unpredictable.

Light around the world is very different in different places. For example in the Mediterranean climate, the light there is much clearer. Some climates have soft grey light – these are more in wetter and colder environments that is ‘much better for subtle lighting effects’

Maybe the installation could think about sound and light collectively in terms of the time of day.



When thinking about movement it is easy to associate it with energy. Looking at how plants have formed, we can see that some plants have heads that allow for them to move in unison where as others have particular parts that allow them to move in their own individual rhythms. A nice example of unison movement is when a large acre of long grass sways with the shape of the wind. Grass is also a valuable plant that is used to imitate rhythms or movement – especially for design purposes in landscape gardening.


Movement gives rise to sound – ‘Smaller plants are more likely to make series of more subtle sounds that blend into each other, creating a soothing background music akin to white noise. ‘ I really like this idea of a natural environment having this white noise undertone that is similar to what we usually associate with technology.

Different plants respond differently in winds – ie hard sound, soft sound. plants that are easily swayed with light breezes. Some plants can only move in strong winds.


It is interesting to me how wind and the types of plants are taken into account with the design features of landscape gardening. I like how these thought processes around the movement of a space and what types of plant create movement in a landscape.


harmony in colour – harmony in tones – visual aspect

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