March has arrived and with spring (hopefully) on its way, many of us are already daydreaming about warm evenings spent in our backyards. However, maybe the time has come to change up your outdoor oasis and you are ready for a change. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with switching up your yard, but we recommend you have an idea of what you want it to look like. Do you want to host weekly barbeques? Or, is your dream backyard right out of a fairytale? Perhaps, you aren’t sure what you want, but you know you’re craving a change. We are here to help! Here are some landscaping ideas to help you transform your yard this spring!
Find your calm with a water feature
Many associate the sound of water with peacefulness and tranquillity. It’s a rather popular feature in East Asian gardens, in particular, Japanese Zen gardens. If you’re looking to add a little bit of serenity to your garden, consider installing a water feature. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to carve a small pond into your backyard! A stacked-stone wall can operate as a small fountain. However, if you’re taking a more luxurious approach, a beautiful pond accompanied by water falling over a brick wall will certainly do the trick!
Allow those vines to climb
Nowadays, vines have all but disappeared from gardens. However, vines can create a gorgeous background in your yard. They are extremely versatile, coming in various types whether they’re flowering or foliage-focused. With vines, you can turn a plain fence into a centrepiece or wrap a flowering vine around your gate for a look of elegance. If you’re looking for a vine that can withstand the relatively colder climate of Alberta, consider adding the Summer Cascade Wisteria into your garden.
Cheers to a wine garden
If you’ve ever seen the Vienna Wine Gardens, then you’re probably wishing your backyard could mimic its beauty. While you’re probably not going to have access to the wine that the Vienna Wine Gardens have, you can still have a glass of wine and enjoy the scenery! Use brick to create a simple walkway, while placing various flowers and herbs such as lavender and rosemary along the path. Depending on the size of your yard, add a crab apple tree for a sweet touch of wine-related fruitiness.
Gather up the crew for a campfire
Maybe garden isn’t what you envision for your backyard. Perhaps, you’d rather have a space that can play host to weekend barbeques and a place for your children to run around. If so, then a fire pit might be a welcome addition. Having a firepit in your backyard opens up the opportunity to host friends and family for an evening of smores and conversation. Set up a table nearby and get those marshmallows ready!
Prior to adding a firepit in your backyard, please ensure that you are following all regulations. For Edmonton’s regulations on firepits, visit the city of Edmonton’s website.
Forego the grass and turn to stone
Perhaps grass isn’t your forte and you want modern not stereotypical garden. If so, a gravel garden might be a better option. Compared to floral gardens, gravel gardens tend to cost less but still create a unified look. Plus, against gravel, everything else stands out! Gravel is certainly simple to style and easy to look after since nothing requires water. They’re able to filter rainwater and keep the ground cool on hot days. Be sure to add some decoration such as ground lanterns or potted plants to make your gravel garden a little more colourful!
What are your plans for your backyard this year? Are you attempting any major renovations or are you simply going to buy some plants to spruce it up? We’d love to see what you’ve got in mind, so send us a photo through social media of your inspiration!