We often get asked how we create concepts and designs for a space when working with natural materials and very few straight lines or reference points, so I have put together a short blog to share my personal thought process.
Its all about Nature! Mimicking mother nature has always been my first and foremost thought when creating a beautiful landscape , looking at the rock to see which face looks the most natural and pivoting it so it sits with a square back hidden by soil is all about looking at natural weathering patterns and trying to tell yourself the story of why in nature would that rock weathered that way.
Creating soil shape with berms and hills also helps naturalise a space , a flat section of turf or paving always looks more natural if it is offset by a gently shaped garden bed or soil is built up behind boulders.
A lot of the time we find creating landscapes is more of an organic process, it can sound a bit corny but often I want to “talk” to the materials to get a feel for the shape and textural elements within a space. By letting the materials “speak” to you by looking at shapes and textures within the landscape and materials I find it all starts flowing together to create landscapes that not only look good but they feel good with inviting shapes and curious textures which bring the landscape to another level.
The elements of a landscaping vary from project to project but generally I love to incorporate Water, Stone, Timber, and Plant life into every landscape as I believe they all have a symbiotic relationship that makes a space whole and it feels like it is lacking something without those elements.
Our elements of stone change from granite boulders to mud stone and even structured walls and paving all of these create a great stone element with variations from Natural Native Australian Gardens to Formal Gardens and Japanese Gardens, all of these can incorporate elements in different ways while still creating a full landscape. Timber elements can be Recycled timber bollards , Pergolas, seating or a timber bridge / walkway ( Even the addition of a natural timber mulch can help soften a space)
Water is a favourite element of mine to incorporate, watching water move around boulders and over pebbles is mesmerising and creates such a calming effect. This together with the amazing different sounds you can achieve from different types of waterfalls as well as having a living moving body of water that birds / bees and dragonflies drink from just creates such an amazing “full of life” feeling to the landscape.
Plantings are also such an important element to create a well-balanced garden. Picking the right plants for the conditions as well as the way they will grow into the surrounds and the different flower colours, foliage colours and textural elements is an art in itself.
We want to create beautiful spaces that draw you out into the yard to sit , engage , interact and enjoy the natural elements and I hope this has given you some insight into how we achieve that.