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.

Calgary Home & Garden Show 2017

H&G Show 2017 Tips

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR VISIT

The Calgary Home & Garden Show 2017 is the premier event for all thing home and garden related. Starting Thursday Mar 2, 2017 and running thru Sunday March 5, 2017.  We’ve been exhibiting at this event since its inception and it’s a great kick off to the season.  Here’s how to maximize your visit:

Functional Landscaping Tip #5 A garden variety

Functional Landscaping Tip #5 A garden variety

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

While on the subject of outdoor kitchens, why not grow some of food in your own backyard garden? This is a perfect family activity, especially for young children who can use a home vegetable garden to learn where food comes from and how much better it can be when you produce it yourself.

Functional Landscaping Tip #2 Who does not love the beach?

Functional Landscaping Tip #2 Who does not love the beach?

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

Although this landscaping feature is more commonly incorporated into a waterfront property, there is no reason to be restricted if you are landlocked. Sand beach areas can be created adjacent to patios or other hardscape areas and can increase the play appeal of these spaces. Your kids will love the fact they can create sandcastles, while other family members may enjoy using the sand as an area to sunbathe. Visually, a beach setting can also serve to remind you of your favourite vacation spot.

Functional Landscaping Tip #1 The backyard pool

Functional Landscaping Tip #1 The backyard pool

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

In today’s busy world, more and more homeowners are looking to get additional value out of their properties and there is no larger investment you can make than in your home. Lately, there has also been a conscious push by families to increase the amount of free time they have together, while also improving their quality of life beyond the reaches of the ubiquitous electronic devices that have become such a big part of our lives.

When it comes to landscaping, one of the most common questions from homeowners during a design consultation, beyond solving the logistical requirements of the site, is “I want some ideas of what I can do with my property to make it more functional for my family.” In response to this popular inquiry, keeping practicality in mind, here are 10 items to consider when planning your backyard landscape.

Plant Profile - Pasque Flower

Plant Profile - Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower, Pulsatilla vulgaris, (alternatively Anemone pulsatilla depending on your reference) goes by several common names, the most misleading of which is 'prairie crocus'. Early settlers saw the small purple flowers of its cousin Anemone patens poking thru the dead grasses on the prairie in the early spring and thought they resembled the Crocus that they knew from 'the old country' which are actually bulbs. The name 'Pasque Flower' is a reference to Easter although in Calgary they generally bloom in late April, early May, often one of the first perennial plants to bloom for us in the spring. One of the prettier common names for it I think is 'Windflower' which is as much a reference to the fuzzy seed-heads that are rather interesting in the garden if you leave them up to blow in the wind.

Braeside Garden - Testimonial

Braeside Garden - Testimonial

Testimonials are only of value if they come from real people. In our testimonial series of videos we interview our clients in their garden and have them talk about the process of working with us. We hope you can relate to some of what they are saying and can use some of their comments as jumping off points for a discussion with us about your future garden.