Thursday, May 5, 2011

Landscaping with natural materials and native plants

We bought the house 6 years ago in October and all those long months till my first Spring over here I studied glossy magazines pretending the landscape of open area around the house perfectly designed with perfectly groomed bushes and bright flower beds.

Little by little I borrowed ideas and completely changed my mind. I've decided to go with natural materials and mostly native plants implementing stone borders, walls and walkways.

Creating the landscape I use basic principals of unity, variety, balance and proportion filling the space with handmade objects.

Every spring after pruning the grape I have plenty of stems for weaving. Grape vine is flexible and easy to work with after it's soaked in water. With the grape vine I've converted ugly stubs into planters and created display objects for the landscape.