Figure 15—1, 15—2, and 15—3 identify, define, and illustrate 16 basic line types that are used in all the landscape design drawings found in this textbook and in profes­sional design work. Figure 15—1 shows the following types of lines:

1. Simple

• A plain straight line.

2. Blip

• A plain straight line interrupted with a series of slight bumps (blips).

3. Fray

• A plain straight line with one end emphasized and the other tapering out.

4. Meander

• A smooth curved line in a back-and-forth movement.

5. Wave

• A meandering line with repetitive back-and-forth movement.

6. Arc

• A smooth curved line in one direction.

7. Pepper

• A series of dots to highlight the edge of a form or material.

8. Echo

• Repeating any line type with a lighter or thinner line.

9. Box

• A square or rectangular shape.

10. Polygon

• A shape with more than four sides.

11. Scallop

• Repeating the letter “u” or letter “m” end to end.

12. Bubble

• A simple circle or slight oval.

13. Accordion

• A taller and tighter scallop.

14. Bookshelf

• A series of short simple lines in a row. They may be parallel or angled.

15. Swirl

• Overlapping loops in a particular direction.

16. Jitter

• An irregular line made with a “nervous” hand.

Figure 15—2 shows sample line types 1 through 8 of the previous list;

Figure 15—3 shows sample line types 9 through 16.