Sarnia, Ontario

The French provincial architectural style of the house was the compelling influence for the garden and driveway design with formal geometries, and clear, strategic ideas of restraint. A boomerang-like spirea border partially frames the central lawn and gestures to the arrival court, while a tall beech hedge establishes privacy and formality. Clipped boxwood and euonymus groundcover establish a low evergreen plinth in stark contrast to the house’s rusticated base anchoring and balancing the overall composition. The renovated back terrace is countered by sweeping lawns that are defined by low sculpted juniper borders, which allow for the appreciation of the naturalized lakefront vegetation and views beyond.