From the Grist Mill Website:
Landscaping & Design
Sensitivity to multiple elements comes into play as the plant material in a planned landscape is brought into a natural focus. Color, texture, sounds, lighting, scent, layering, depth of field, four season interest, sustainability, care and maintenance, resistance to stress, drought, and disease. Even in the smallest of gardens, specific areas become unique micro climates, each a small vignette in the natural order.
All design starts with a wishlist. To this, add the use of space. Space equals balance in the landscape. Avoid over-landscaping, keep it natural and well designed. Foundation planting does not have to push up tight on the house. A garden should be lived in to fully enjoy.
Designing a landscape takes on many facets; such as meeting with a client and listening to their thoughts and concepts on what they wish their landscape to be. Drawing a design encompasses more than plant material and hardscaping. It has to be in harmony with the client’s life style, be it a garden room, a wooded meadow, or a meandering garden path with surprising vignettes along the way, leading to a dramatic fire pit.
The sound of water is an important element in a garden, the same as color and texture. Water encompasses the full circle of all elements that make up a design concept. with all facets in play, the landscape will have four seasons of interest for your year round enjoyment.