Stone Walls-simple beauty or hardscape
Sometimes purely by coincidence, I end up with several similar projects going into a season. This year, I have three projects which involve designing a planting for in front of a stone wall entrance to a house or development.
New hampshire is know for its beautiful stone walls; from farmers walls to dry lay formal walls to Lew French's artistic sculptural walls (ok he's from mass, but Nh is a wholly owned subsidiary). It is very common for houses to have stone walls out front with low pillars and sometimes a farm gate.
The question I have is this: If you have a beautiful stone wall entrance to your drive, do you really want to landscape in front of it? My instinct is that the wall is beautiful on its own.
My clients feel that the walls need softening with plantings.
Its not exactly a burning issue, but what I am mulling over right now. And it can be discussed without pictures. (If it will help, I do have some pictures of other similar projects - but I am not really asking for help with these three projects, just thoughts on the subject).
Actually you can talk about anything you want on this thread, hijack it if you want, as long as we don't have to fight about stuff any more!
Here is a link that might be useful: Artisitic Stone work