Garden design plans
Our team offers a design service that is based on the physical attributes and the planned use of the space, as well as on the garden style envisioned by our clients.
We take into account our clients' availability and interest in maintaining the garden to ensure the garden endures throughout the seasons and years. Our clients receive
a copy of the plans with a detailed legend explaining the vegetation.
Our team takes measurements of the space, and takes into account the sun's direction, exposure to wind, snow accumulation, and access to water and electricity to define
the space's potential. In certain cases, the permissible weight of the garden is discussed with our clients.
Defining the garden's use
Whether it is for creating a small intimate space in a dense and busy area, or a resting place with the sound of running water for a peaceful ambiance, an intriguing
green room to enjoy cocktails with friends, or even for adding an outdoor living area for a family, we are open to all our clients' ideas, and have many of our own
to propose to make the best of the space.
Views to frame
Sometimes an outside perspective is beneficial for finding the assets of a space. When one has the good fortune of having a view of the horizon, it should be exploited by
framing it with vegetation, all the while keeping in mind the maximal size of the plants. Our team will also borrow neighbouring attributes; a beautiful maple, a garden, the
facade of an attractive house or historic building, and incorporate these vistas into the garden.
Views to hide
Unless one lives in the country or along a beachfront, our outdoor spaces are often polluted by offensive views over which we have little control. The addition of vegetation in
our immediate space is often sufficient to captivate our gaze and forget the offending view. In some cases, heteroclite materials (walls of different textures and colours, pipes
or posts) can almost disappear by painting them a uniform colour. The canopy of a small vase-shaped tree eclipses tall surrounding buildings, and even urban noises can be
attenuated by the sound of a small fountain.
When designing a garden, it is important to be coherent in the choice of materials and vegetation. Particularly in small spaces, a garden without a consistent style can be
anything but restful. The style of garden also determines our client's participation in maintaining it. An English style garden, for example, requires constant attention
to deadheading: in a small space all irregularities are brought to the fore. A sleek, modern garden, with a limited assortment of plant species, offers a visual relief
from the cacophony of urban life. An evergreen garden, especially well adapted to our climate, allows us to appreciate our green oasis all year around.
The choice of vegetation must be compatible with our clients' capacity to maintain the garden. Some plant species require daily attention, while a low maintenance garden can
demand only monthly or seasonal maintenance. Our green nest team offers a maintenance service for those who prefer a higher maintenance garden without the effort.
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, an above-ground garden requires a larger budget than a standard garden of greater dimensions. A terrace garden budget is determined
in large part by the number and material of the planters. During the design process, these factors are taken into consideration in order to propose solutions that
respect our clients' budget.