Creating memorable and inspirational landscapes
Land Morphology is a Seattle-based landscape architecture practice focused on creating rich, emotive places across the country. Founded by Richard Hartlage, Land Morphology is comprised of a talented interdisciplinary team of landscape architects, designers, urban planners and horticulturists, who create highly varied spaces that integrate exquisite built form, sophisticated horticulture, and the fine arts. Each space is uniquely memorable, vibrant, carefully crafted, and environmentally sustainable.
Recently, while digging around in old files, I found a series of unbuilt projects that never went beyond the master planning phase.
Created meadows are increasingly popular for their beautiful complexity and multi-seasonal interest. As a stylized expression of nature, they are an effective counterpoint to highly structured urban spaces or residential projects. If designed properly, they are low maintenance and sustainable over time.
Meadow planting with garden structure in background
One of the first questions that many homeowners want to ask about their preferred design is “how much will it cost?” Budgeting and cost estimating for landscape work is difficult as it can vary widely.
Edges are used to organize space, create a sense of scale, and blend together indoor and outdoor spaces, among other things. The play of edges is essential to any exquisitely detailed and timeless landscape.
Bulbs, in general, are great for multiple layers in a mixed planting. I use these varieties because they are dramatic and durable in the garden.
Comfort and style should never be compromised when sitting around a fire feature or around the table with friends and family.
In 2014, Land Morphology was selected to update Leach Botanical Garden’s master plan and prepare preliminary designs for the site, buildings, and gardens. Now in the implementation process, Land Morphology is designing the aerial treewalk and pollinator garden.
Seeing such life in the soil tells me that the soil itself is very healthy, and that healthy food is what it will grow.
Taking these photos (and many more) allows me to see, wonder, and appreciate the small details that make the natural world endlessly fascinating.