Landscaping is a broad term that refers to the development of property through the addition of hardscapes, softscapes, water features, and architectural structures.
Well-designed landscapes will have a balance of hardscapes and softscapes. Smaller backyards should limit the number and size of the structures so the structures do not overwhelm the space. Large backyards can have more landscaping structures but they should be stragically placed for the best visual impact. A good landscaper will know how to select plants so that you can have flowers from early spring to late autumn. In Southern California where drought is an issue, a landscaper should consider using at least some drought-tolerant plants. Another way to save on water is to incorporate more hardscapes and less softscape. Other considerations for good landscaping design include considering: