Repetition Creates a Serene Landscape

San Diego - Martin Luther King Park, Peter Walker 
To make a point, repeat yourself...
This is certainly true in a landscape, no matter what the size.
Steps are the best example of a repeating element in a garden. Steps can make a strong, repetitive statement...

They can be rustic:
(The Japanese gardeners knew it all)

(johnsen landscapes & pools -

They can be modern:

Steps Paul Banguy

Deliberate repetition in an outdoor setting makes a visual point and creates order which calms us immensely.

Ordered vs. chaos - most of us would choose ordered ...

 repeating plans, stepping stones, pavers, planters and more can create unity and rhythm...we like that.

Here are some examples of repeating elements outdoors -
there are so many. Try it at home - get a bunch of anything and line them up!


(Naumkeag, Stockbridge, Ma.



  1. I enjoy pretending i could produce a garden with ideas you show. I visit our Botanical garden here - and our public city gardens. perhaps someday I can try my hand at it, in the meantime, I certainly enjoy strolling the idea gardens you share, here and on facebook. Thank You! -g-

    1. you can produce a garden! no pretending...pop a seed in the ground and keep repeating, repeating. :-)

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  4. I loved the first photo with the rocks. Lovely and so simmetrical. I'm gonna try to do that in my garden. Great post, loved it.

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  6. Thanks for the post, I really appreciate it. I am going to use these ideas to help me with landscaping in salt lake city.

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  9. Thanks Alex...kindred spirits for sure.


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