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A challenging landscape design and build project involving a courtyard development in blasted rock. A vision and creative solutions required. Int… Read More
A challenging landscape design and build project involving a courtyard development in blasted rock. A vision and creative solutions required. Introducing water and shade trees help create a tranquil refuge in this windswept location. Read Less
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Mountain Garden
A garden from rubble.
A garden design and build project high on a very exposed north east side of a Gulf Island mountain. With no tree cover the new home is very exposed, to heat and wind in the summer, and long snow bound winters.

The house site was blasted and the home nestled low in to the rock. With the views and focus of the home to the ocean and distant mainland, a natural courtyard area behind the house was created. The design brief was to create a garden in this space, from the blasted rubble.
The 'courtyard' is ready for landscaping. Already the paving has been installed.
It is spring in the valley, but winter still has a hold here.
The original plan was for a pond, with a waterfall, in the far right corner. This changed to a larger water feature that stretched along the full length of the slope base. Ponds work best when the scale is as large as you dare.
Two years later, late summer, and the garden is looking established. Four small trees frame this view; Vine Maple, Dogwood, Mountain Ash and Japanese Maple.
The upper level pool.
The lower level pool,nestled along the rock face. The late summer red colouring of the Vine Maple is due to the rubbly 'soil'  it is planted in.
A glimpse beyond the courtyard show dry grasses. Alder and Willow have self seeded close by. They will be 'edited' as required.
A glimpse to the east and the valley below. Kinnicknick and Juniper thrive on the thin soils on the rock ledge. Drip irrigation has been installed to keep the garden watered just enough.