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Maple Ridge

Ornamental grasses are among my favourite garden plants:

panicum virgatum 'prairie fire'

Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Fire’

calamagrostis

Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

grasses

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Dixieland on the left; Festuca glauca ‘Beyond Blue’ in the middle; Miscanthus sinensis ‘YakuJima’ on the right.

East Side (Hastings-Sunrise) Vancouver

With a lot of chafer beetle/crow and racoon damage the clients wanted to remove lawn and replace it with manageable (aka “low-maintenance”) plantings incorporating some grade changes

They had taken pictures of various neighbourhood gardens that were similar to what they wanted to have themselves and liked the Japanese garden style

North-facing East Vancouver house

North-facing East Vancouver house

There were a few precious plants the clients wanted to keep including the small Japanese Maple in the middle of the above picture So the whole design became a context for that one small tree

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Overgrwon Aucuba japonica a bunch of no-name shrubs that turned out to be spirea and forsythia some azalea and a beautiful variegated Fatsia japonica by the front steps By June when we started the installation the Fatsia was almost covering the steps

E Van Design

E Van Design

The :Leaf" laid out

The “Leaf” laid out

The raised bed which will be the home of the Japanese Maple

The raised bed which will be the home of the Japanese Maple Lots of boulders–“standing stones” in the raised bed and “lying stones” will be placed in the patio area

Almost done

Almost done

The clients decided on a custom made bench that would attach to the largest stone toward the back so instead of a low flattish stone we put a tall one that would complement the bench which would be built after installation

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The Japanese Maple will get some shade from the street tree–Lavallei Hawthorn–and from the Magnolia ‘Little Gem’

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Beautiful Belgian Bluestone

 

Thanks to 4 Elements Gardens for a great job!

West Side House (Vancouver)

The client wanted to dispatch her lawn in the shady north-facing front yard, so had some work done in the Spring 2015. But it didn’t really meet her expectations, so she asked me to do a revision.

Front yard is north-facing, surrounded by large trees.

Front yard is north-facing, surrounded by large trees. So shade tolerance is key.

There was too much similarity–many small leafed evergreens, little variation in height, and many shrubs that didn’t survive the summer. Wasted space in the front slope.

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We planned to salvage as much as possible, but not compromise the plan in order to do so. Turned out pretty easy to salvage most, the rest were quickly snapped up when put on the boulevard with a “free to good home” sign.

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Design (Click–then click again–for larger image).

Renovated

Renovated; these pictures were taken November 28, during a frosty snap.

We used all the existing rocks and built up a rustic, casual retaining wall, about 20″ tall, adding almost 3′ of front yard space. The Irish Yew will fill in in time; you’re always balancing cost vs size.

Boulevard. The outer boulevard (not shown) will just be grass seeded. May review that next year...

Boulevard. The outer boulevard (got pretty thrashed during the installation process) will just be re-seeded. May review that next year…

Winter container.

Winter container. Most of the ground plantings are Sagina subulata and Ophiopogon planiscapus. Others are completely dormant now. More about the winter planter here.

 

False Creek Condo

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West-facing balconies (Click for larger image)

With two small balconies on this two level condo, there’s lots of options for outdoor living. The clients wanted container gardens, leaving enough space for leisurely sitting outside their master bedroom, and eating outside the kitchen.

Lower balcony is off the master bedroom, upper balcony is off the kitchen.

Lower balcony is off the master bedroom, upper balcony is off the kitchen.

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Original plan was for white containers, but they would have been GLARING in west sun, so decided on charcoal coloured.

22" cubes, "anthracite" colour, fibreclay.

22″ cubes, fiberclay, “anthracite” colour.

  1. Schizachyrium scoparium Carex ‘Everest’Lysimachia nummularia

And while shopping for the coleus that didn’t exist, I did find this pennisetum that I don’t remember the name of, and thought it would complement the Schizachyrium nicely. Which it does.

'Waterfall' Japanese Maple, tolerant of more sun than most J. Maples.

‘Waterfall’ Japanese Maple, tolerant of more sun than most J. Maples.

  1. Acer palmatum ‘waterfall’LysimachiaCarex testaceaSedum John Creech
Love the Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica)

Love the Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica)

  1. Imperata cylindricaLysimachia nummulariaChamaecyparis obtusa ‘aurea nana’, which can grow to 6′, but won’t here.
This is at east-facing front porch, pretty deep shade.

This is at east-facing front porch, pretty deep shade.

  1. Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘fastigiata’Lysimachia nummulariaHeuchera ‘Bright and Breezy’I’d wanted to add coleus, but there wasn’t any to be had by Aug 21!

 


North Vancouver

New house construction:

Quite a significant slope up from the street: 2 x 40" retaining walls.

Quite a significant slope up from the street: 2 x 40″ retaining walls.

South facing front of house.

South facing front of house.

West facing eclipse door to kitchen/ family room

West facing eclipse door to kitchen/ family room. This is where a large patio and water feature will locate.

SketchUp draft a

SketchUp draft a

SketchUp draft b

SketchUp draft b

SketchUp draft c

SketchUp draft c

Clements design

 

 

South Burnaby

This South Burnaby client initially just wanted to create a prettier foundation garden, and then possibly replace the turf on the boulevard with something lower maintenance. In discussion about what that could look like, they decided to go further and redo the whole front, none of which worked well as it was. The long dry summer (unusual for the Wet Coast) showed up the inadequacies of a mainly turf yard.

Street view, South Burnaby home

Street view, South Burnaby home

Very deep boulevard set-back.

Very deep boulevard set-back.

South Burnaby site, north facing front yard.

South Burnaby site, north facing front yard.

 

Seerha 2015-09

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Vancouver’s west side

This client wanted a low-cost, low maintenance renovation of her dark, dry, dingy ground-level apartment garden. We negotiated on the “low-cost” part.

Before pictures:

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A lot of Thuja hedging, all of which is in poor condition because of low water and low light conditions.

Behind the hedging, lost space under the canopy of Western White Pine

Behind the hedging, lost space under the canopy of Western White Pine

Poor Clematis armandii failing to cover the trellis

Poor Clematis armandii failing to cover the trellis.

Their cosy retreat

Their cosy retreat

Does the gnome look as sad as the garden?

Does the gnome look as sad as the garden?

After pics, all credit to the homeowners who did all the work.

Macmillan 1

Looking north, removed all the hedging, in fact almost all the plant material that was there. Lots of extra seating by building over the existing retaining wall.

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The space not only looks a lot bigger, it is a lot bigger–we gained about 130 sq.ft.

macmillan design

A few changes from this; the brick path became a dry stream bed separating the space; the pavers joining the backs of the adjoining apartment gardens moved a bit, and altho’ you can’t see here, a lot of the plants needed to be substituted because the originals were out of stock.

New Westminster

The clients wanted a fun space for their two little girls to enjoy, a space for the adults to sit and relax and watch the girls, and lots of fruit and vegetable gardening space.

Before pics:

West facing front yard.

West facing front yard.

Didn't initially recognize the sprawling Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon). With a nice wide canopy it could be a shade tree but for it

Didn’t initially recognize the sprawling Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon). With a nice wide canopy it could be a shade tree but for it it’s low branches. We decide to make that  a picnic area since the girls already liked to play under it.

THe kids loved to "slip 'n slide" on the lawn, so we needed to keep a large lawn while still chang

The kids loved to “slip ‘n slide” on the lawn, so we needed to keep a large lawn while still changing the overall character of the yard.

The nice big--about 210 sq.ft.--vegetable garden turned out to be inefficient use of space so we decided on lots of attractive raise planters which would be much easier to garden in and better use

The nice big–about 210 sq.ft.–vegetable garden turned out to be inefficient use of space so we decided on lots of attractive raise planters which would be much easier to garden in and better use of space.

After pics:

4 Elements Gardens did the garden installation

4 Elements Gardens did the garden installation. Click for larger image.

18" pavers andWalkways around the 4' x 6' raised beds

18″ pavers and gravel create walkways around the 4′ x 6′ raised beds made of clear cut cedar and corrugated steel. grape arbours to the back, and an espalier Bartlett pear to the left.

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Three sided pergola leaves room toward the right for lots more access than if there were a 4th support beam. The girls asked for a swing, so they got a swing.

Using SketchUP to design the pergola really simplified measurements.

Using SketchUP to design the pergola really simplified measurements. The concrete pad was originally going to be cut up into sections for planting in the spaces, and thereby relieve the grey monotony. But we needed to economize a bits so that may come in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

Front yard circle theme.

Front yard circle theme.

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Random rocks found in the preparation phase carefully located in the garden by the kids.

girls picnic area. The Hibiscus syriacus was pretty aggressively pruned.

girls picnic area. The Hibiscus syriacus was pretty aggressively pruned.

New

New half-circle patio added to the existing space. Complements the rock facing on the pillars. More edibles throughout the front garden: Amelanchier alnifolia  (Saskatoon berry) in the centre of the circle. In the pictures above, a dozen mixed blueberry bushes surround the crushed limestone walkway.

Boulevard planting: Nasella tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass), Elijah Blue Fescue,

Boulevard planting: Nasella tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass), Elijah Blue Fescue, creeping thyme, Lewisia cotyledon, and a few granite boulders.

harvey st design

A few changes from the plan: the south side border of the driveway became a narrow flagstone path with boxwood along the property line; concrete pad at the back has to wait a while for artistic cuts and plantings.

 

 

Philips ave copy

Semi-formal back yard, leaving room for future “endless” pool.

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Semi-formal design; right border is reserved for vegetable garden.

raynes arbour

A Sketch Up model with just a few elements illustrating the arbour/art concept.

 

 

 

 

 

carlos Fang

New house on unfinished lot. About 6200 s.f., but 14′ boulevards on two sides. So a pretty large site.

 

This is what the raised beds with built-in bench looks like.

This is what the raised beds with built-in benches looks like.

 


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This design is pretty simplistic to see here. The planting beds are identified as numbers–each numbered bed is treated like a large container garden, using the existing plants, but replanting them in different places to give a better sense of continuity to the whole.

 

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July 8, 2013

 

June 30, 2013

base plan final

 

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  1. Hi Jenet, How are you lately? On Aug 20 I will fly to Chicago for investment conference, before that I would like to invite you to come to my home for diner and give me design advice of my apartment balcony based on your schedule, if possible could you tell me your prefer date and time?thanks! Catherine

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