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Natvik Design Inc.
45 Duchess Avenue,
London, Ontario, N6C 1N3
Tel: 519-518-5263
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Garden Design

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GARDEN DESIGN

Gardens in our region tend use a very small number of the plants, compared to the large variety that can be potentially cultivated in our climate and soils. In addition, too many gardens use plants which are very static and offer little change throughout the seasons. The climate of southern Ontario is characterized by dramatic seasonal shifts and the constant changing of colours. Natvik Design places an emphasis on capturing these shifts in the design of our garden projects. Some of these characteristics include the explosion of spring wildflowers in our forests, the any weeks of colourful flowers in our prairies swaying in the wind, the vivid fall colours, and the tawny native grasses during winter covered in frost and snow.

LOW MAINTENANCE MEADOW GARDENS

It is possible to create large gardens that are low maintenance needs by using dry sandy soil mixes along with perennial plants adapted to these conditions. Plants are chosen that have deep roots and have the vigour to resist weed colonization. Traditional garden species that are adapted to these conditions include Walkers low catmint, Russian sage, peonies, and non-invasive day lily species (e.g. clump forming varieties). These can be integrated with bold native species including beardtongues, bee balms, coreopsis, butterflyweed, switchgrass, prairie dropseed, and little bluestem. The resulting effect is a garden that still has traditional elements which make it more readily adopted by the general public, along with adding significant habitat for pollinators and songbirds in dense urban areas.

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MEADOW GARDENS

Meadow gardens emphasize the dramatic seasonal shifts, especially our long fall and winter seasons. It is important to choose plants for characteristics other than flowers such as vivid fall colours, along with sturdy seed heads that tolerate ice and snow. It is possible to create bold designs that continue to be interesting during the winter months.

RAIN GARDENS

A rain garden involves the merging of garden design with storm water infrastructure on a small scale. Most people are familiar with the large storm water ponds that dot the suburban landscape where runoff from local buildings and paved surfaces is directed in order to lessen the impact on local water ways. Home owners can further reduce the stress on local water ways by capturing their storm water on a smaller scale in rain gardens. Water from the home’s rain gutters are directed into artificial stream beds that direct water safely away from the home. These streams end in a pool where water can percolate into the ground, rather than disposing of the water into the street’s storm sewers. Rain gardens can be planted with many interesting plant species such as native irises. A rain garden also just feels right! Dry stream beds in gardens seem out of place when they are not connected to the local hydrology. In the case of rain gardens, the stream beds turn into small brooks while it is raining. In the rain gardens design by Natvik Design, it is common to see people stop and stand in the rain looking at the rain garden from the sidewalk. They wonder about the water flowing in the stream bed and eventually make the connection to the rain gutters and smile!

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