This spectacular waterfront property comes with incredible ocean and city views that span from Mt. Baker in Washington USA to Vancouver Island BC Canada. Dramatic granite outcroppings and massive granite boulders throughout the expansive estate define this striking oceanside beauty.
The property features a steep elevation ending at the ocean; this unique scenery is so dramatic, it got The Garden Guru’s creative juices flowing. This property was missing real gardens – all levels, beds, main door entrance and terraces had plain, unkept lawns.
The Client wished for a wellness culinary garden, bright entrances and lots of flowers – a space that was inspiring, balanced, beautiful, and a blooming lush garden.
Landscaping in coastal areas presents unique challenges. The forces of nature along the shore can be extremely harsh as a result of salt spray, wind, poor soil, dry condition and storms that limit the plant selection.
When designing for unique climate zones the best indicator of plant suitability will be the plant community that is already growing on site. The existing plants will tell you more about the site then almost anything else will and the additional plant selection should be made based on what is already there.
At this location, three tall rare established and impressive Windmill Palms set the tone for this tranquil design and are spectacular. The Garden Guru created oasis lushness by adding fruit trees and flowering deciduous trees, Zebra grasses and Phormium for soil stabilization, Lime light Hydrangea and California Lilac shrubs. Fragrant soft pink roses and Geraniums scent the air with sweet aroma. The lower levels are now occupied by drought-resistant yucca, succulents, blue grasses and relaxing English lavenders.
A bright splash of exotic summer colour and texture has been achieved with the addition of tall perennials such as Dahlias, Daisies and Echinacea. The abundance of mix ground cover protects the soil from erosion. Tall Japanese Bamboo have been planted at the west to create privacy and the mix bright annuals complete this jaw-dropping grand property colourful display.
Design drawing pre-renovation.