Courtyard Garden

Client Brief:
The clients requested a low-maintenance garden with limited planting that would look visually engaging from their townhouse.

Design Solution:
The asymmetrical yet balanced composition of oversized circular paving pads is visually engaging from both the ground level and the upper levels of the home, adding a sense of movement and rhythm to the garden. The circular theme is referenced in the custom-designed cedar-slatted screen suspended from the garden’s concrete wall, revealing circles in a void. The textural contrasts among different types of crushed granite and the plants provide additional visual interest. A beautifully shaped maple (acer palmatum) provides a central focal point, bringing colour and a soft texture. The rest of the planting consists of shade tolerant plants that thrive in this garden, which is completely enclosed by walls. A mass planting of Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ embraces the ephemeral with an explosion of yellow blooms in the spring. A resin bound-crushed granite paving solution allows full permeability in the wet climate, resolving a drainage challenge and satisfying the weight constraints of installing a garden atop an underground garage.

Locale: False Creek, Vancouver

©2020 by Klavdi Kukovic | Landscape Designer | 778 866 0757 |

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