The difference between a good garden and a great one – the one that touches your soul and lifts your spirit, that offers sanctuary in any moment, that is at once exuberant and contained – is what landscape artisans call the ‘bones’.
Hardscape elements such as terraces, walls, natural boulders, and pathways shape the landscape and provide the perfect backdrop for plants, shrubs, trees, and art. Everywhere you look, everywhere you turn, no matter the weather, there is beauty.
Structure, often neatly defined and sometimes confined (though not always obvious to the eye) is easier for most people to understand and absorb than a landscape with rambling curves and undirected views. Spaces framed with trees such as evergreens lend form and color. Intentional focal points such as the garden’s center, the end of a path, or a water feature, give the eye cues on where to look, land, and rest. This is when the warmth of serenity sets in.
Outdoor craftsmen, like those at Outdoor Craftsmen, design the bones of a landscape first so that layering in other facets of the garden, such as texture, color, sound, and smell, is achieved harmoniously and without tension.
The overall effect is a soothing place to relax and see joy. As it should be.