Functional Landscaping Tip #10 Accessorizing your backyard

Functional Landscaping Tip #10 Accessorizing your backyard

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

An often overlooked aspect of making your landscape a family atmosphere is accessorizing. Your garden can be every bit as personal as inside your home by including items collected on trips, family heirlooms, garden statuary, or art that speaks to you. This is the step where you make the landscape your own.

Okotoks Testimonial

Okotoks Testimonial

We get a lot of our work via referrals from satisfied customers.  One of the best ways to know you are getting a reputable company working for you is to talk to someone who has used a service you are looking for.  To that end we have created several testimonial videos with some of our clients where we interview them and have them speak candidly about their experiences working with us.    

Functional Landscaping Tip #9 Pull up a chair

Functional Landscaping Tip #9 Pull up a chair

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

Furnishing your space can be a very satisfying way to improve the function of your landscape and get your family outside. Wood is still a popular choice with sustainably harvested teak pieces being the best material with respect to low maintenance, while composite wood furniture--in classic designs such as Adirondack chairs--provide the look of bright coloured painted wood without the upkeep.

Britannia - Before & After

Britannia - Before & After

We developed the landscaping at this Calgary property for a fellow who used to wear #12 for the Calgary Flames and his family.  It was a new build and we worked closely with the builder during the landscape design phase and to coordinate our landscaping construction with completion of the home.

Functional Landscaping Tip #8 A green with envy

Functional Landscaping Tip #8 A green with envy

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

In terms of ‘bang for your buck’ a putting green is an outstanding investment. All ages can play and a professionally designed and installed green provides a very realistic putting experience. From a design standpoint the green acts in a similar manner to natural lawn areas in that it provides ‘negative space’ for the eye to rest on.

Plant Profile - Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

Plant Profile - Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - Feather Reed Grass

This plant is a favorite for our projects for a variety of reasons.

It has multiple seasons of interest.  In late March / early April it starts to grow and quickly forms a strong base of leaves.  By early summer it has bloomed forming tall blonde stems and sterile seed heads which then persist right through the winter.  They can often be seen in the winter poking through the snow coated in frost or if we have a brown winter, adding a subtle splash of color and texture.

It is very hardy and not too fussy about exposure or soil although it won’t grow very well in shade.  It does not produce seed (the flowers are sterile) and it is bunch forming, meaning it stays put.  It is usually untroubled by deer and rabbits.

 Functional Landscaping Tip #7 All fired up

Functional Landscaping Tip #7 All fired up

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

Often, we are drawn to things deeply rooted within our psyche. One of these things happens to be fire. Who does not enjoy an evening gathered around an open campfire with the warm glow reflecting off everyone’s faces? It is a place where you and your family can tell stories, share food and drink all while relaxing and unwinding by the fire.

First Day of Spring 2017

First Day of Spring 2017

Happy first day of Spring!

If you have lived and gardened in the Calgary area long you know that Spring is our most variable, fickle, and sometimes shortest of seasons.  Be patient, we shall soon be enjoying daffodils, tulips, hepatica, and all the glory of our flowering trees and shrubs.  It was a long but not extremely cold winter so everything should be prepared to put on a show for us.  But while we wait for that, how about a few March considerations:  

 Functional Landscaping Tip #6 Three-dimensional structures

Functional Landscaping Tip #6 Three-dimensional structures

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

A big part of making your property more usable is creating spaces that draw people out into your backyard. One way to do this is by adding a structure (e.g. pergola) to the space to create a third dimension. Pergolas have an open beam structure, so they do not have a solid roof, but still give a sense of enclosure and provide a measure of shade depending on the design.