Laura. Other. September 20th , 2017.
High‐rise apartment blocks are no longer the concrete, sterile jungle they once were. Instead, lush overhangs and multi–hued blossoms are seen bursting from corridors and balconies as more flat residents are creating their own gardens in the sky. Checks with a few nurseries show that house—proud and green‐fingered high–rise residents are prepared to spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on potted plants and rock pools. Living talks to a prominent landscape designer about this landscape & design.
“Landscape nowadays is not merely limited to plants and earth moldings, artificial rock pools and pebbles. These soft‐scape elements now go hand–in–hand with pavings, seating pavilions, gazebos, timber structures, lighting, Jacuzzis and decorative fences ― what we in the business would term as hard—scape.“ Explained him.
A basic love of plants coupled with a strong interest in architectural landscaping led him to his present profession. ”While in my final year at ‘varsity‘ I also learn a lot about land usage, the history, form, and function of buildings and landscaping in general.” In fact, he prepares his present company with a partner when he was barely out of ’varsity’. He puts it down to youthful enthusiasm and a loving nature.
A many hard works go into designing a landscape. ″More oft than not it‘s a case of having to salvage what’s left of a neglected lawn. In the case of a house, or start completely from scratch if it′s a bigger commercial scale project,″ Michael stressed. Landscape designers sometimes work hand‐in‐hand with the landscape architect or interior designer to determine the concept of the exterior in relation to that of the home design and interior.
Michael believes that the essence of good landscaping lies in its design in relation to the immediate environment, and likes to experiment with different forms. Vertical structures like trees, horizontal forms such as water, colors ― which affect depth and mood and show different perspectives and textures. Fine (like carpet grass) or coarse (stones and pebbles) work hand‐in‐hand to create “a living sculpture for all to see.“
Hard–scape elements take time to cultivate and they‘re usually installed first, followed by softer perishable like earth, grass, and bushy shrubs. ”There’s only so much one can do with outdoor landscaping ― then it′s time to let nature follow its course.”
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