Modern Landscape

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A formal Garden? Yes, pruned trees and hedges, but no symmetry  found here. Spheres, of varied shades of green are a modern twist on an age old concept. Why does it work? The repetitive singular variety of shrub, but of varied tone, planted  en masse does the trick. A lot of one thing, densely populated in an area creates a sculptural presentation. Eye catching, and oh so simple.

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Outdoor Rooms

As the season is upon us to spend more time out of doors, I’ve spent a fair share of time looking at inspirational outdoor spaces. I find I am drawn to those that are uncluttered, and have an element of sculpture about them. Providing the objects in an outdoor room space to breathe, makes these spaces live bigger, and allows us to enjoy the sculptural quality of the furniture, which could get lost in a grouping. Not unlike the power of the vast expanse of an open landscape, these outdoor rooms provide a canvas for the pattern of shadow and the interplay of the objects in the space. That doesn’t necessarily mean an outdoor room needs to be large. These great effects can be felt in the smallest of courtyard or patio. Take account of the direction the sun will splash down upon your place, and the perfect placement of your seating or table to engage it. Dramatic. Simple. And, oh so lovely.

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A Green Approach

The approach. It’s an important design element, at once both a landscaping and architecture. The driveway and walkway are often under utilized design opportunities. Many times an impervious field of blacktop or concrete, creating runoff directed through drainage systems into ponds and streams.

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Gabion Fencing

Spring has sprung, and with the onset of warmer weather, I have set my sights on the garden. Last season, I investigated many types of fences, as we were planning a project to enclose our courtyard. Over the months we were designing, I collected images of many beautiful and textural options. One of my favorite solutions was the Gabion Wall. These cages can be filled with inorganic material, or even repurposed construction debris.

Gabion walls are wirework containers filled with rock, concrete, debris, or any material you find of interest. Traditionally, these walls are built in the construction of dams and retaining walls, but used as a decorative or architectural solution, they offer unmatched depth and texture.

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