There is enough evidence to show us that the landscaping of gardens has been with us for many centuries, if not millennia. Egyptian tomb paintings of the 1500s BC depict lotus ponds surrounded by rows of acacias and palms. We also know that Darius the Great, King of Persia, used landscaping in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. There is also plenty of evidence to show that the art was popular during the days of the Roman Empire. Indeed, a Roman writer recorded observations on many gardening topics that are still of interest to today’s landscapers. The most influential ancient gardens in the western world were the Ptolemy's gardens at Alexandria, and wall paintings in Pompeii are evidence of complex landscape development later, and the wealthiest of Romans built enormous gardens, many of whose ruins are still to be seen today, such as at Hadrian's Villa.
There is nothing worse than a garden that has been neglected, and when the opportunity comes for us to do a little landscaping, we usually jump at it. Beautiful gardens enhance the property we live in and add to its value, and recent television shows depicting complete makeovers of gardens have sparked new interest in the art of landscaping. When you landscape your garden you can completely change the appearance of the property, changing it from a dull and featureless area to one of creative beauty. Landscaping not only compliments the home but in many cases it also compliments the lifestyle of the family that lives there.