7 Showstopping Landscapes and Outdoor-Living Spaces at Calgary Homes

Check out these beautiful landscaping projects by local designers in Calgary.

Lush & Layered

Designed by Planta Landscape

Photograph courtesy of Planta Landscape Studio

The relatively small footprint of this project presented big opportunities for Planta Landscape to get creative with design. One of the most popular projects shared on Planta’s social-media accounts, it incorporates carefully placed Rundle rocks and layers of vegetation to create dense, tiered coverage that doesn’t obstruct city views.

403-254-5437, plantalandscape.com, @plantalandscape


Exterior Elegance

Designed by Paul and Doug Lavoie

Photograph courtesy of Paul Lavoie

Interior designer Paul Lavoie teamed up with his husband Doug Lavoie to create this serene garden space at their home. The garden is an all-season hobby for the couple, who are forever plotting how to improve it. Bringing his experience designing interiors to the project, Paul says the space was conceived as an “outside room.”

403-229-1504, paullavoie.com, @paullavoiedesign



Designed by VisionScapes

Photograph by James Rhodes Photography

With more than $60,000 of lighting installed across 30 “zones,” this project was nothing short of epic. The design started with a complete gutting of the yard, says VisionScapes president Jeff Campbell. The space features many one-of-a-kind items, including a 2,500-pound hand-carved stone Buddha, commissioned from Bali, and now installed above the outdoor fireplace.

403-281-8751, vision-scapes.ca, @visionscapes


Back to Nature

Designed by Jerilyn Wright

Photograph by Peter Leon Photography

When interior designer Jerilyn Wright was quoted a six-figure price tag to redo her backyard, she decided to handle it herself. The yard sits at the bottom of a naturally forested hill, and Wright’s intent was to create what she calls a “back-to-nature oasis” flowing from the woodland. To create the “organically fluid” effect, Wright incorporated natural waterfalls, fruit trees and perennial gardens.

403-229-3300, jwadesign.com


Feeling & Focus

Designed by Your Space By Design

Photograph courtesy of Your Space By Design

For this backyard, Your Space By Design owner and principal designer Katherine Kinch installed asymmetrical metal screens around the outdoor fireplace to draw focus away from the prominent garage, then softened the space with shrubs and trees and a granite gurgler that imitates the sound of running water.

403-971-5363, yourspacebydesign.com, @yourspacebydesign


Al Fresco at Home

Designed by Guys Hill Landscaping

Photograph courtesy of Guys Hill Landscaping

Outdoor cooking and entertaining was front-of-mind for this complete backyard overhaul. Guys Hill prides itself on creating “outdoor living” spaces and this project was no exception. Tiers and lighting create distinct spaces, leading up to the showpiece: a cultured-stone gourmet kitchen and bar, where etched into the granite above the barbecue, the word asador is a nod to the client’s love of Spanish-style grilling.

403-217-9112, guyshilllandscaping.com, @guyshilllandscapingyyc


Water Safe

Designed by Countryside Landscapes & Garden Centre

Photograph courtesy of Countryside Landscaping

DeWinton-based Countryside Landscapes & Garden Centre created this custom “dry pond” water feature, a design technique in which a layer of gravel is laid on top, eliminating the risk of kids falling into open water. Conservation and efficiency were top of mind in the feature’s design, which includes a pump to circulate the water. Drought tolerance and water efficiency also factored into the choice of hardy, sun-loving shrubs such as barberries, mugo pines and spirea in the planting beds.

403-938-1835, csgcl.com, @countrysidegardencentre

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This article appears in the June 2021 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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