With today’s weather extremes, a heavy reliance is placed on native and drought tolerant plants that require minimal maintenance. The availability and variety of native plants has increased and allows for clients to create an interesting all season garden without the use of invasive or non-native species. Our team at Brydges Landscape Architecture have decades of experience choosing the right plants for your space. Whether an edible garden or a cutting garden for fresh flowers all season long we can create the look you have always dreamed about. We design gardens that are timed for maximum show during your peak usage times. For example, the use of summer perennials blooming adjacent to pool yards and summer terraces; or ornamental grasses and evergreens visible in the winter for viewing out the window by the fireplace. Colour and texture are important elements in the design process and can be achieved through leaf colour, bark, and other materials such as wood, stone, steel, and water. Plant material can stimulate all senses and are a great way to add colour, texture, smell, and dimension to a space. Native plant materials also encourage the use of the space by animals and pollinators to create an even more diverse garden. Xeriscape gardens are a great way to create low maintenance areas and still have an interesting space.
Key elements in any garden design include:
- colour, texture, sound and scent
- seasonal interest including winter interest
- low maintenance
- creation of privacy and sense of space
- functional space for quiet meditation, entertaining or active play