Ask Away...: Finding The Garden Style That Is You

Monday, September 18, 2017

Finding The Garden Style That Is You

Canada has become quite a bit more diverse over the past couple of decades.  Always a patchwork arrangement, there are now architectural influences coming from everywhere.  Some of the newer subdivisions in Ontario are actually Californian in design, despite the fact that they are nowhere near Phil and his golden surfer voice.  At the same time, the notion that Canadians need to be any one way about design and their lifestyle is probably not that popular anymore.  Going forward, it is easy to imagine that whatever style or culture catches one's eye will be the theme that holds your home's interior or your garden's shape together.

Here are some styles that are making a difference for Canadians as they move forward:


There aren't many Toronto landscapers that have not come across a request by homeowners to create a Japanese style garden.  One of the nice things about Japanese gardens is that they are capable of creating a sense of nature and harmony in a really confined space.  So if you are short on space in a particular part of your yard, it is a style that might work.

At the same time, most people understand that the Japanese architectural aesthetic is to have a home with strong walls around the yard, an integrated yard, and then a house that has soft openings that slide back to reveal a situation where the home becomes part of the yard for those living inside it.  Juxtapose that with the traditional North American home, where the home is supposed to contain hard walls and there may or may not be external estate walls, and you can start to see how integrating a Japanese garden into your back yard can make a large difference in your lifestyle.


It is said that Chinese gardens all require a water feature in order for them to be complete.  In fact, if you visit China, you might notice that in addition to water features, the gates and the walls that are decorated form a large part of the styling that is not natural within a garden.  The rest of the garden is typically going to be a natural arrangement of stones, water, earth, and plants.   You can normally tell the difference in architectural style between North and South China.  Southern China has fewer plants integrated into a traditional garden.

Peruvian Incan:

Although it hasn't appeared too much in the Ontario area yet, the Inca penchant for creating water features that feed an entire yard full of carefully arranged plants is definitely something that Canadians will be interested in looking into.  One feature of a Peruvian Incan garden is a stone wall with incredibly detailed carving.  In addition to carving, Inca walls are also noted for being put together without mortar or fasteners.  The stones are cut so perfectly that they can just place pieces of the wall in where they need them.


Although there are several types of Spanish garden, one of the more classical examples that people remember is the Alhambra in Granada.  The key with Spanish garden emulation in Ontario is to match the plants that you would like to exhibit and make sure that they can conform to the Canadian climate.  Another consideration is the type of ceramic tile work that you find in Spain.  They are not normally built for Canadian climates- and so there have been many owners over the years who have pulled their tile installation when they found out it wasn't as sturdy when it was installed in their Canadian backyard.

Finding a garden landscaper in Toronto or Ontario that can put in almost any type of landscape for you is becoming easier and easier.  If you spend a small amount of time online looking, you will likely locate a landscaper whose work is guaranteed and conforms to the ideas that you have regarding what a perfect back yard should be made of.

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