I took a class in Landscape Design this fall at the University of Calgary. My final project was to redesign a backyard. Since I don’t have a backyard myself (sad), I decided to redesign Natalie’s. She lives in an infill with her husband and adorable 2yr old son Jude. They actually really want to work on their backyard this coming summer, so we figured what a perfect opportunity to start planning early.
Firstly, she needs a new fence between her and her neighbour to the South. It’s currently chain link and not only does it look for lack of a better adjective – ugly, it also provides zero privacy. My recommendation is to install a beautiful cedar fence like the one below (top left).
Secondly, they need a bigger deck. I’m recommending a deck flush with the ground. On the brand new spanking cedar deck I’ve envisioned this lovely outdoor sofa/lounger from West Elm, as well as some free standing pots for cacti that can easily be taken inside during the winter. The pillows I selected go with Natalie’s interior so she can also bring those in during the winter. As for the amazing butterfly chairs from Urban Outfitters, I’m completely obsessed with the pattern of the fabric. Love it! Perfect combination of modern bohemian!
There will be a fire pit in between the couch and 2 butterfly chairs. The hanging planters (5) will be installed on the opposite fence (white) and we will plant a variety of succulents in them since that fence gets a lot of sunshine.
There will be two flower beds. One will be against the garage adjacent to a bench surrounded by two planters. That one will house a couple of varieties of peonies (Natalie’s favorite) and some Japanese grasses. The bench planters will have blue fescu planted for some repetition and texture.
Second flower bed will be in the shade created from the newly enacted cedar fence and will include Silver Shimmers hostas, Limelight Hydrangea and a second variety of Japanese grasses. I just love how chartreuse the Hakonechloa Macra Japanese grass looks set against the hydrangea. Oh and of course we’ll string some lights above the deck for ambiance, because why not!
Hope you enjoy our plan! Can’t wait to put it into action and transform Nat, Greg and Jude’s yard!