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Garden Design

Bringing that Beachy Feeling to Your Garden

Are you feeling beachy?  Enjoying the great outdoors is one of the ways we are reminded to take care of the natural beauty that surrounds us. Whenever I get this beachy feeling, it makes me want to bring a little of the beach home to celebrate it in my garden. 
 
A few years ago my brother and his wife were landscaping their new home. The yard had an irrigation system through most of the front and back yard but not within a narrow side strip of space alongside their driveway measuring about 6' by 15'. They asked me for my ideas for a low maintenance garden bed; then they told me that one idea they had come up with was a rock and driftwood garden with ornamental grasses. I thought that they already had the best idea possible so we set to work making plant choices and layout. 
 
We came up with a mixture of three types of ornamental grass, berried plants for fall and winter interest and a few other complimentary flowering perennials and shrubs. Working in multiples of threes and fives; the colour scheme was blond and blue grasses, rosy-pink berries and flowers with driftwood and round rocks to create a perfect low maintenance beachy garden. Read More

Welcome to a Brand New Year in the Garden!

As the beginning of a new year unfolds it is a great time to both reflect on last year and make plans for the New Year.  Sure there is plenty to do in the garden, to get ready and cleaned up for Spring, but spending some time reflecting and planning is also very important and quite satisfying and it may save you time in the long run.

My favourite way to start is to bundle up, grab an empty notebook and your favourite warm drink and wander through your yard.  Try to look at your garden with fresh eyes.  You might need to walk down the street and then approach your yard to try to see it "fresh". Don't overwhelm yourself.  You might only look at one part of your garden today so start by picking one that is the most important to you.

Most gardeners know which areas need some work but here are some areas you might think about:-

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Native Plants ~ Gardening West Coast Style!

Native plants and their cultivars are becoming increasingly popular with today's gardeners. Their simple beauty is enhanced by our surrounding forests and adding them into your landscape brings to life a style that truly is West Coast.

Natives in your garden are easy to care for because once they are established they require little or no maintenance. Native plants will also encourage wildlife to enjoy your garden for both the habitat and for food. Remembering that most of our native landscape is naturally a forested woodland setting, you can easily add many of the natives to your woodland or shade gardens.

This is the time of year that the native landscape truly comes alive, so take a walk in the woods soon, perhaps along the lovely Canyonview Trail, and remember to stop and admire the bleeding heart, dog tooth lily, trillium, deer fern, western sword fern and so many more that grow beneath the magnificent douglas fir, cedar and western hemlock that are ours to respect and enjoy.

Drinking in the earthy smell of the skunk cabbage, one can easily imagine a magical, imaginary world where the forest fairies dance beneath the toad stools, where Bilbo Baggins and his Hobbits live and where the horsetail is a delicate and beautiful, ferny plant worthy of our admiration.

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