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Garden Design – Rocks And Stones As Ornamental Features, Before And After

Garden Design – Rocks And Stones As Ornamental Features, Before And After

Garden design incorporating large stones and rocks can enhance the landscape experience far beyond general expectations. Why is it large objects in our gardens gain so much attention? A better question is why are we generally fascinated by mountains, caverns, cliffs, the depth of the seas, the expanse of a desert, forrest, prairie, the plains, oceans and space in grand scale? WE ARE SO LITTLE IN COMPARISON, so like a child looking up at a parent, it is the wonder of the powerful unknown that towers around us.

In garden design a single large rock acts as an attention grabber. Not very subtle but point taken. Look at me all alone in this world of plant life, more powerful then all. Not really more powerful but in relation to most of the things around it, many times rocks and stones act as the grand protector (big, heavy, no so soft and cuddly). I talk about rocks today because I just installed over 2 tons of moss rock onto a property that needed some character and now has the beginning development of some. Like most organic processes, time is a great contributor to how the natural world molds itself around the inorganic, the stone. The next few pictures will show the before, the developing, and the after. What we can’t see in pictures is how it will look next year and then 5 years into the future and beyond. I will take additional pictures as it develops and demonstrate along the way how I assist in the development of the gardens (pruning, fertilization and general overseeing).Now this is where we separate the boys from the men.

Garden Design - what needs to be added to balance this property?

Garden Design - what needs to be added to balance this property?

Moss Rocks brought to design sight

Moss Rocks brought to design sight

Moss Rock installed into resting place

Moss Rock installed into resting place

This doesn't represent the Garden Design Vision

Moss Rock and plantings merge for the first time.

With some forethought, developmental care and realistic expectations there isn’t much we can’t create and develop in and around our homes. Use what we have or bring in unique architectural element, it doesn’t make a difference unless we are committed to the ongoing growth and evolution of that man made installed environment. So many designers, architects, landscapers and homeowners have a plan but do not consider once the plan is engaged, how much work and effort must be exerted to assure the continued value of that plan. A mature garden can grow wild in only 2 years before the amount of money to fix it gets to be overwhelming (then nothing is done until the area is ripped out and redone 10 years later). This cycle of disturbing the gardens life occurs too often, damaging the natural world and contributing to the deterioration of our environment. Before I get upset I will say goodnight. One more thing I wanted to show everyone. A plan put into place with management expectations set and maintenance practices strictly followed.

Boxwoods formalizing a sitting area surrounded by an American Art Garden

Boxwoods formalizing a sitting area surrounded by an American Art Garden

Boxwoods in the process of maintaining their value (pruned 3 times a year and fertilized twice)

Boxwoods in the process of maintaining their value (pruned 3 times a year and fertilized twice)

Just remember. Plan on caring for the environment you choose to have a part in creating. If you don’t take care of it, there will be little for us to leave behind as evidence of the lives we lived. There is a pearl clear as day.

Create something lasting so the life you live enriches those that come after.

Can’t top that this evening. Enjoy your life, your loved ones and the trees that help us breath (description of my developing charitable organization @ #mce_temp_url#

 


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