Some things never go out of style. This holds true for fashion, cars, jewelry, and architecture. And landscaping.
The most beautiful landscapes and environments in the world are memorable because they are beautiful to behold, the contain intentional elements of function and aesthetics, and because they stir in us feelings of reverence, vitality, and humility.
When we are amongst the old trees or the permanence of granite, when our feet feel the warmth of the stepping stones along a walkway or we hear the birds come alive in and around water features, we are reminded that landscapes exist for more than our outdoor pleasure – they are ecosystems that teem with life.
When Outdoor Craftsmen embarks on a new landscape design (or a remodel of an old one), we are mindful of substance and style. Here are some classics we recommend an outdoor environment always include:
- Fire – stimulates air and a sense of renewal. Fire brings warmth and reflection into outdoor spaces.
- Water – the element most like earth in its density, water brings a gentle movement and sound; it holds vibrations and patterns. It is life giving, and precious.
- Texture – ornamental grasses, lacelike leaves, tree branches and bark, groundcover cushioning – texture brings depth to a landscape and facilitates a natural effect to the blending of the seasons
- Materials – whether erosion-controlling boulders, Italian tiles, beach glass pebbles, or curved walls crafted by hand – hardscape materials help to set structure (see our blog titled Good Bones Make Great Gardens) and the overall mood of a space. When done well, hardscape materials don’t overwhelm the eye, and they provide excellent backdrops for more prominent features.
- Art – intrigue, form, color, mystery, surprise, entertainment – art resonates with its surroundings when the relationship between shape and location are thoughtfully considered. Many gardeners welcome the visual foil that a well-chosen sculpture provides. Others appreciate the contemplative aspects that a thoughtfully placed piece can bring.
- Outdoor kitchen – a natural extension of your indoor life, and can be used year-round when designed to complement your home’s architecture.