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The Delicate Balance Between Landscaping and Nature

Jul 21, 2008
The beauty and the graceful charm of plants, trees, stones, pebbles, shrubs, and flowers on the water transcend description. What an appeal there is in water lilies, Nuphar, Nelumbium, and Nymphaea--none of which are easy to find just anywhere. They need observation and should not be taken lightly, although this task can be easy enough if you take your time and conduct the proper research.

Without extensively studying their nature, success in managing these little water plants is not easy to achieve. A landscaper learns above most artists to exercise constraint and humility. Nature is a much better artist than he can hope to be. More often than not, nature does not require additional planting, with the exception of vines, low shrubs, and a tree or two joining the house or structure; nature herself having done the work so well on her own.

Another wonder of nature are rocks and stones, in both natural sources of water and patio fountains. While observing a quiet stream, one is often taken aback by its simplicity and beauty; the tri-colored stones, the cool, clear water flowing ever so perfectly over the smooth surfaces. To complete the natural stance and proper effect of rocks in the landscape, rock plants are required. These types of plants do best in shallow soil and in the narrow spaces and nooks found in such places.

In evaluating various landscapes, there are few things more breathtaking in a park, garden, or outdoor fountain than an ancient wall treated with rock plants in a clever manner. A grand and ancient wall is a precious part of a garden, and the ways of treating it are seemingly limitless. If it is an old wall of great strength, built at a time when neither work was evaded nor material compromised, even if many of the joints are empty, the older stone or brick will stand firmly joined, and, already two or three hundred years of age, will likely stay put well into the future centuries. In such a wall, exotic plants will already have made themselves at home and only a little earth is required and a small plant into some hole, or earth and seed into a narrow opening, to be sure of a good end result and reward.

The very selection of the pebbles and rocks and their beautiful form invites study of the most delightful sort. Think about the possibilities if the same consideration were given to this study as to the collecting of gems or to the use of stained glass. After all there are a small number of things finer than these amazing effects of nature that belong to the countryside and which in general, are overlooked as common and not particularly interesting.

While rock placement can vastly affect a garden's aura and reputation, so does the flow of the various designs. The sound of trickling water or a garden fountain can be enchanting. Garden fountains and large water features add an extra touch of distinctive beauty. Undeniable is the serenity and solace brought about by such soothing sounds. After overcoming the challenges of such intricate design in the placement of flowers, shrubbery, and stones, the decision of placing the garden fountain is in order. Conveniently so, it can be a far simpler process in comparison to prior endeavors.
About the Author
Sarah Martin is a freelance marketing writer based out of sunny San Diego, CA. She is lucky enough to be able to specialize in home improvement and gardening, her favorite personal hobby. For an amazing selection of garden, patio, and outdoor fountains, please visit http://www.garden-fountains.com.
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