W. 13th avenue, Vancouver

Very little would thrive in the dry shade of the huge Maple trees on this boulevard. The soil was depleted, compacted and root-bound, and the site was dominated by some very mature evergreen shrubs. We created raised beds and amended the soil with a deep layer of compost to give the new plants a better chance to establish their root systems – the dry stack wall allowed us to increase the depth of the soil along the sidewalk, while also adding a charming, defining element to the garden beds. The original pathway was replaced with a wider, slightly curving flagstone path – the lilac bluestone is a lovely complement to the colours of the house.

Many of the older, static evergreen shrubs were removed and replaced with small deciduous trees and shrubs to add more seasons of interest. The huge rhododendron was pruned to allow more light in the front windows.