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