New Design Projects:

The goal of this project was to widen and add curves to the existing narrow and straight strips of garden along the fence lines to create a "backyard oasis" for the client.  This past season the remaining grass was removed and replaced with stonework...

This was one of my very first projects, and still one of the largest. This client (my neighbour) already had a beautiful, walled garden, but was tired of feeding the grubs in her lawn, so decided to remove the grass completely, replacing it with plants, mulch and stone.  It turned out so well, the neighbours they share a small strip of lawn between driveways with allowed and helped us do the same there the following season.  The best part?  I get to see the beautiful gardens from my front windows!...

this next client wanted to remove the obstacle course in their front lawn.  The garden around the front tree was removed, and the garden in front of the house was expanded. The sod dug out from the garden close to the house was used to fill in the space around the tree...

This garden needed updating, from traditional foundation plantings to a more modern look. Instead of three separate gardens (lamp post, front and side) I joined the three to make one sweeping garden...

This next client had what I call a "virgin" lawn, meaning just green lawn, graysidewalk and driveway...

Next season the perennials and shrubs will have filled in so the variety of size, shape and texture will be much more obvious.  Unfortunately this client moved the following season so I never got around to taking more pictures.

Hoping to list this home on the market, the owners asked me to create some much neededcurb appeal..

These clients were not happy with the design or service of another contractor, so asked me to fix their garden. The garden was much too narrow, the plants not hardy to this area, and the mulch spread too thick.

If you scroll through the pictures (click on the first one, then the "next" at the top right of each picture) you can see the garden grow virtually!

This is a good example of why I prefer the dark brown or natural mulch; they don't fade as quickly as the red or black colours.  

The plan for this backyard garden was inspired by an article I read on how to make a garden without removing the grass. The client ended up selling her home, so I have not been able to get updated photos...

This next project was for a new home.  The beautiful patio was already there with the soil for a garden...

The client wished to keep her view of the water unobstructed, so my choice of plants was restricted to low growers.

My first season I designed and modified an existing garden for a client, (see second garden under restoration projects) then she asked me to add a garden to her side yard...

A huge dead butternut tree was removed from this client's lawn, leaving a large hollow stump.  I begged the client to let me plant a rose garden in the full sun location. Three rose bushes were planted in the stump, much to the chagrin of some wasps that had made the stump their home.  Next season the roses should be spectacular...

This project was for another neighbour.  The clients wanted their garden enlarged to enhance their front yard and compliment the garden I worked on next door. (see second project in this category) I trimmed back the euonymous and salvaged a burning bush from another garden, then added more recycled, low maintenance perennials that will fill in by next season...

After extended drought conditions during the summer of 2020 destroyed the lawn between their garden and the street, this same client/neighbour asked me to enlarge her garden even further.  


She removed what little lawn she had left, using vinegar to help the stubborn parts. (well away from existing plants)  I added stepping stones to divide the large area up into sections for her grandchildren to enjoy and to facilitate garden maintenance.  


I then planted shrubs and perennials, treating each section as an individual garden. (tall plants in the middle and shorter ones on the perimeters)  This adds visual interest.  This garden was completed in October, so will look even better in seasons to come, especially the drought tolerant ground cover planted along the street. Check out the pictures and watch this garden grow...