Homes - Gardens
Garden design: Contemporary outdoor oasis
A neglected backyard is transformed into a contemporary oasis with a masterful mix of materials, plants and outdoor elegance.
Less than a year later, they bought a three-storey, semi-detached Victorian in the same neighbourhood and enlisted Monica to give it a modern makeover that would continue into the backyard. “The garden in the other house they loved so much was enclosed and private,” says Monica, “but it acted as another room with distinct areas for enjoying a meal or lounging. Its greenery was also low maintenance, which was a must for this busy couple.” Her plan: maximize space in the 17-by-90-foot lot, increase privacy, and bring in garden designer Terry McGlade of Terry McGlade Garden Design.
Creating spaces A view of the garden from the third floor reveals its separate areas for entertaining, along with an arbour and a small shed that stores gardening tools.