Lately my passion has been guiding me towards the use of plants in combination with our stonework.
One of the main reasons to use stone in the creation of outdoor spaces and living areas is to create something lasting and durable. Once the outdoor space is built in stone, time and nature begin their work and the opportunity to create something magical begins.
My experience with gardening, landscaping, and stone construction gives me a unique perspective on how to enhance our designs, softening the hard edges of the stone, and working with nature to improve over time what we have done. Thats the beauty of a stone landscape- with a little maintenance and care given to the plantings- it will only get better as it ages.
I've been lucky to see one of my projects in particular- an amazing outdoor living space in the heart of West Asheville- as it weathered over the last two years, and I've been given the opportunity to participate and guide some of the plantings in collaboration with the owner. This experience has shown me how important it is to see the project through and go the extra step to get amazing results.
In an outdoor living space or hardscape, the plants are usually just the last 10% of the time and money involved, but they have a huge impact going forward on the whole vision. Plantings can make or break all the hard work and money invested in a project, so my goal for the coming years is to become more involved with that aspect of outdoor living.
I'm looking for clients who want a comprehensive design, magical synergy of plants and stone, collaborations with other stone and plant workers as well as a greater knowledge of plant species and varieties, especially those that love stone as much as I do!
Franklin Smith, owner Living Stone Masonry and general stone enthusiast