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Symmetry and Formality in Le Jardin à la Française

May 11, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Exceptional Oakville backyard complements the home's French-inspired architecture.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Oakville Burlington Mississauga, p54. Find local businesses in our Oakville directory. 

“We were looking for a backyard retreat that we could enjoy at night as well as during the day and we wanted the design to complement our home’s French-inspired architecture,” says homeowner Liane Enns. “Working with the team at ProScape Land Design Inc. was a great experience. They created an inviting, secluded space that we use far more than we thought we would for relaxing and entertaining family and friends,” says Enns. The design recently won a Landscape Ontario Award of Excellence in the residential construction category. 
 
As the French might say, ProScape’s design is completely au fait. A thoroughly modern take on the formal symmetrical garden known as le jardin à la française. It combines symmetry, connecting paths, formal planting beds, stone walls, copper fire pits, clipped hedges and water features. To match the home’s exterior, the hardscape combines Indiana limestone and sandstone.
 
Although still a relatively new build, the softscape is already weaving its magic, softening stone walls and paths, adding character to structures and making intimate areas a touch more intimate. Like a fine Bordeaux, this French-inspired outdoor space will only get better with age.

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