Outdoor. Tuesday , December 12th , 2017 - 15:27:42 PM
Even when you group “like” plants, sometimes less is more. The neatly spaced succulents below are striking in their form, and the fact that they are separated by a blanket of basalt gravel makes them all the more prominent: Just as many modern landscaping techniques involve using gravel as a base, the use of greenery as a base can add interest and a sense of abundance. For example, planting rosemary around the base of a tree creates a green “stage” and makes the tree’s setting all the more special. Above and below, we see rosemary at the base of a crape myrtle tree. The tree’s pink blossoms are extra vibrant against the greenery that surrounds them. You can take this same concept and apply it to smaller additions around your yard, such as greenery in planters. For example, moss beautifully offsets the green succulent in the next featured planter.
Nature has always held an abiding allure for people, offering many marvels that we strive to comprehend and conquer, or simply ponder and peruse. With intelligent thought, design and technology, engineers and architects have surmounted numerous challenges in order to provide new perspectives on nature. Viewpoints and vantage points are especially attractive design propositions. Those with unusual forms and gravity defying angles capture our imagination, affording countless pleasing views of nature’s magnificent bounty. The recent solar eclipse—a total eclipse visible within a band across the United States on 21 August 2017—was a reminder of our desire to view and observe the power of nature. The following physical viewpoints each give viewers a chance too interact with nature in different ways.
One architectural feature that we believe should definitely catch on quickly with homeowners across the globe is the gorgeous green roof! Living roofs might not be practical in every region of the globe, but wherever possible and whenever used, they make a big difference to the structure that they adorn. And we are not talking about ecological impact alone; green roofs also add to the aesthetics of a structure and this dashing modern pool house in Westlake Hills, Texas is another perfect case in the point. Designed by Murray Legge Architecture, this lovely pool house sits next to an expansive outdoor hangout, swimming pool, spa and green landscape.
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