The last decade has seen a dramatic shift in the way condo developers approach landscape design. Rethinking the development’s plan to include landscape design as an integral part of the project’s concept, developers are embracing the benefits of connecting to nature and actively integrating green space into their urban landscapes. Cascading water features, community park areas or even individual garden plots for residents offer an identity to new condo developments. When Landscape Designer, Duane Ensing of Landscape Solutions met with Abstract Developments to design a landscape plan for a new condo build neighbouring Beacon Hill Park, he knew the project would have to reflect the character of the well-established community.
The hardy Himalayan sweet box was included for the plant’s love of all seasons. Emitting a sweet fragrance, Himalayans are a tough evergreen with bright green glossy leaves that are agreeable in shade. On sunny winter days, their scent will fill the air and their dark purple berries will attract birds. Yews were added for hedging and screening purposes while Upright Beech trees inject interest and colour along narrow portions of the site.
A cascading concrete water feature brings a modern appeal to the landscape and establishes an atmosphere of tranquility and calm as you ascend the stairs. “We strive to create beautiful spaces that maintain both the client’s budget, design goals and of course, the municipal requirements that come along as part of the design and budget process. We successfully created a landscape at 1014 Park Blvd that is attractive, inviting and low maintenance: a win-win landscape for the project.”