Following on from the Art of Landscape series, these larger images show the influences that designers use and appreciate when creating new landscapes.
We appreciate the influences that nature offers in so many ways. Our designs are sensitive to the surrounding landscape and the way people use the spaces they live in. In many ways, we have a 'triangular' philosophy, between ourselves, the client and the landscape. When all three are in balance, the final design is to the benefit of all three.
The strongest designs are created when the ideas are simple and the environment is considered as a priority so that the space is developed in harmony with nature, not constantly fought against. How we design our landscapes today, in a sustainable and environmentally aware way, will determine how the landscape looks in the future.
It's more than just a design principle - it's a way of living.
The simplest designs are always the best and this photo shows how nature can be inspirational in its simplicity.
Garden lighting is popular but you don't have to use bright 'flood' lighting. Ambient lighting works beautifully.
Time-weathered materials really help to exemplify the 'sense of place' that lends character and life to a garden.
Art forms don't have to be permanent in the landscape as this wonderful piece of temporary sculpture shows.
Scale is very important in design and the contrast of old oak and summer meadow are truly eye-catching.
Designing with plants is all about understanding their habitats and how they live, from seed to flower.
All these photos have been taken by professional photographer, Simon Earwicker. Simon's expert eye has captured the spirit of the surrounding landscape. All photos copyright Simon Earwicker, reproduced by kind permission.