Light it up!
August 2nd, 2017
Here is one of our favourite projects from this year. Working with the client's needs to produce a 'visually striking, low maintenance' garden, here is some of the documentation of this project. It is always nice when you are given full control in the garden design, and everyone is happy with the way the house looks now, including the neighbours!
The original garden bed needed a cleanup. It also had some old landscape lighting that was no longer functioning.
Almost all of the previously installed plants, now completely overgrown, were taken out. Replacing with low maintenance native plants will save the homeowner time and money on annual cleanup.
The garden bed design also needed to be rethought out. The brick edging and plants had all been installed by the previous owner, and the eventual size of the palm trees hadn't been taken into account. The trees were simply too big for the garden bed, basically growing right against the edge of the brick. I simply extended the garden bed to achieve a cost-effective solution. As a design choice, I also relaid the brick using a gentle curve for softer corners, in contrast to the previous owner's right angles. Palm trees are playful, leave the 90 degree angles for traditional French gardens!
Western Bog Laurel and Prickly Pear Cactus are some of the native plants installed for both aesthetics and low maintenance.
Time for the lights to go in!
The finished installation, with Vista brass outdoor Landscape Light fixtures.
Photo op of the night of installation, with the homeowner and the designers!
The backyard was also in need of a makeover. The homeowner didn't want something that required mowing and maintenance from the dreaded European Chafer beetle, which already had been destroying the lawn. Working together, we decided on a Succulent, beach themed garden with a Zen feel.
Let's get cleaning!
We started with a number of concept designs which we walked the client through so that we had an understanding as to what the final product would look like. We chose 4 drought tolerant types of native succulent plants for the groundcover.
One yard of Sechelt sand, half yard of Pea Gravel.
The black planters give the space much needed definition.
Black Aluminum edging lined with high polish Charcoal pebbles. Broadleaved Stonecrop is one of the succulents that will thrive in Sechelt sand.
The finishing touches placed 4 Aluminum pathlights into the planters, which are also filled with sand and planted with Junegrass to complete the look.
Unique Lighting Systems Pathlights and the wavy Junegrass seedheads