French Rock Garden in Elbow Park

The Challenge

These avid vegetable gardeners wanted a more attractive vegetable bed surrounded by mostly native flowers.

The Solution

We designed a variation of a French Knot garden – raised beds of local rock filled with rich composted soil for the vegetables and a lower raised area for herbs in the middle.

We dug out the lawn where the rock wall and flagstone pathway were to go, turned over some of that sod to create beds, and took the rest of the sod to be composted into soil. We covered the turned over sod and the rest of the lawn and invasive daisy crop with newspaper to minimize digging and hauling and keep that rich organic matter in the yard.

We built a rain garden / rock pond with another client’s extra rocks to capture run-off from the roof. Rain water soaks into the yard to minimize the need for watering.

I love the variety of plants and the layout. We have colour all growing season long and the differing heights of the plants works well, especially on our hill.

Glenn M.

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