123 Photos - Apr 3, 2015
Photo: Details! Look at how this wall stone is fitted into the natural rock.Photo: Stepping stone pathways allow us to walk through the garden – not just around it – which makes it more a more intimate experience.Photo: Sighting a sitting area in a garden instead of beside it makes the landscape more intimate.Photo: This raised stone wall draws the eye to the whole landscape.Photo: The natural stone in this landscape perfectly compliments the formal nature of the design...and the home.Photo: Square-cut flag adds formality. Soft curves make it more welcoming and natural.Photo: This path hasn't moved a 1/4" since it was installed. A proper base, edging restraint and good quality stone ensure it will be here for hundreds of years. (And yes, there are different qualities of stone)Photo: Vast chunks of asphalt can be overwhelming. Break it up with interlock banding. It can even be more eco-friendly with ‘permeable’ interlock which has built-in gaps.Photo: Mixing natural stone flag with cast stone pavers works well visually.Photo: This rubble wall makes the garden even more stunning.Photo: Imagine coming home for a hard day of work to this lovely entrance.Photo: Well-made natural stone steps make a stunning entrance to this house.Photo: A lovely sitting area allows the homeowner to sit IN the garden and enjoy its beauty.Photo: These stunning steps will last hundreds of years!Photo: Facing over the concrete porch blends it into the landscape.Photo: Consider having paths and seating areas through and in the garden. Gardens are meant to be enjoyed, not just views from the outside.Photo: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto: Focus on blending plantings with stonework to create a soft and welcoming garden.Photo: Black granite gravel sounds beautiful when you walk on it. It also allows rain water to infiltrate instead of flowing into storm sewers.Photo: Careful use of machinery can make a job go smoothly. We only use machinery if it's possible to use it without injuring tree roots.Photo: It's incredibly important, when building stone patios, to compact clear gravel (no fine particles that hold water) in 2" lifts.Photo: Permeable granite gravel looks great and is more eco-friendly than impervious surfaces.Photo: A quality stone installation enhances a home's value.Photo: This curving stone wall accentuates the topography of the garden and backs the plantings, showing them off beautifully.Photo: This is the before shot of this lovely home. The entrance looked aweful. the next picture shows how much it was improved with a new path, steps and gardens.Photo: This synthetic flag was left with uncut edges, allowing the grass and plantings to soften the overall look.Photo: Short steps (6" or less) make a home more accessible and safe.Photo: Detail is important when installing natural flag, puzzeling it all together.Photo: Polymeric sand prevents weed growth.Photo: A good patio can add TWELVE PERCENT to the value of a home, making it one of the best investments you can make in your home.Photo: Edging restraint such as Brick-Stop holds an interlock installation together preventing gaps from forming.Photo: Mega-flag makes for a grande entrance!Photo: The homeowner was always driving over the garden edge. We cut limestone wall coursing into cobble stones and sloped it up from the drive to make the driveway larger and guide car tires away from the garden.Photo: Natural stone steps and a mega-flag cap welcome visitors to this beautiful home and garden.Photo: To keep gardens and grass from mixing and lower maintenance stones can be cast in concrete. Most folks are looking for low maintenance now-a-days and this is perfect! Expensive up-front but it's a one shot deal.Photo: Flagstone can be installed with gaps to make it permeable, allowing rain to infiltrate - beautiful and eco-friendly.Photo: This is the entrance to our home/office. Square cut natural limestone and natural stone steps. Coffee on the front patio anyone?Photo: KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto: Consider facing over concrete with natural or synthetic stone.Photo: Synthetic flag covers this concrete porch, blending it into the landscape.Photo: Sadly, this stone is no longer available but there are many similar options. Note how it all blends together.Photo: One of our favorite natural stone patios...Photo: KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto: Reusing the original stone and blending it with a new raised garden wall made this small yard much more usable. Reusing stone doesn't save much money since it needs to be lifted and cleaned BUT it's more eco-friendly since it keeps waste out of the landfill.Photo: Brash concrete and crumbling brick was covered with this lovely flag.Photo: Pathways needn't be straight. Curve them through the garden and soften the edges with plantings.Photo: Hard and soft - stone compliments water.Photo: Stepping stones and gravel mulch add to the Japanese feel of this landscape.Photo: The old concrete porch was crumbling. Facing it with synthetic stone helps it blend into this 50's neighbourhood and hides the old concrete.Photo: Facing over a concrete porch.Photo: Bull-nose coping with it's rounded edges - difficult cuts to fit it all together but it's worth it!Photo: A diving stone, built right into the pool patio...Photo: 'Portage' pavers from Permacon.Photo: This wall, with it's gentle curves, highlights the garden. Curves are expensive but worth it.Photo: Photo: Armor stone and natural flag with river rock add natural beauty to this pool surround.Photo: Natural stone is expensive but it never goes bad - a good long-term investment.Photo: This mega-flag bridge leads over a swale which was created to guide rainwater away from the house.Photo: Old stone was salvaged and mixed with this new soldier row and pulled OUT into the driveway, helping it blend into the landscape.Photo: A garden should soften a path, and by pulling it out into the driveway, the path softens the driveway.Photo: Sloping this path up to the back door made the house accessible. Using natural stone made it classy.Photo: Limestone curbing contains this black granite gravel driveway and adds to it's formal look.Photo: Our society is too stuck on asphalt. This black granite gravel is beautiful and lets rain soak in and be cleaned and cooled by nature.Photo: This is one of our most complex but satisfying stone jobs.Photo: Photo: Photo: This cast-stone patio was built over the old, shifting concrete.Photo: See the old steps, crushing visitors against the house? NotPhoto: The finished and upgraded entrance. Better eh? :-) A bit?Photo: Pull steps and pathways out from the front door to make a more welcoming entrance.Photo: Mega-flag steps lead along the side of the garden into the back yard.Photo: This project was built for the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the International Home Show, then dismantled and moved, brick by brick, to  the home of Edward, who for his only wish, wanted a way to get outside and enjoy his garden even though he was stuck in a wheelchair.Photo: DETAILS! Covering the concrete step with thin-shaved interlock bricks.Photo: This plastic grating and channel can be used to guide water to a rain garden.Photo: Old-school timber steps and 80's interlock. Unsalvageable right?Photo: We kept the old stone, reworked it into curves and molded the step from two timber steps into one stone step. We kept what plantings we could and upgrades the rest.Photo: It's a good idea to build an area to pile garbage. This river rock works well.Photo: An old concrete porch was removed and replaced with this melding of natural and cast stone.Photo: natural flag for the centre of the pads.Photo: These steps were installed all by hand, using no equipment. More eco-friendly and all it took was a bit of thought and planning.Photo: Our garden isn't for every one - English Cottage style...on steroids. Paths weave through the landscape allowing visitors to experience the garden in a much more interactive way.Photo: Surrounding the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture's Butterfly Conservatory, Fern Ridge's own Sean James helped build this section.Photo: This 'waterfall rock' makes for great steps and we've softened it by planting Sedums and thyme in the gaps.Photo: This back yard slopes steeply toward the house. We used this stunning wall to push back the hill and make the back yard more useable.Photo: Plantings in little gaps like this have to be bullet-proof. Sedum is an excellent option like this 'Angelina' Stonecrop.Photo: A panorama shot of the same wall. The steps lead up and to the side to get to the upper area. Built of Permacon Lafayette cast stone.Photo: How to handle that dark area between two homes? This flag path with garden pockets of shade tolerant plants and copper lighting is the perfect way.Photo: When possible to avoid dust and pollution, we use a guillotine to cut interlocking stone. We also use electric saws for cutting our stone to reduce emmissions and be more eco-friendly.Photo: This project was done for HGTV's Green Force with Carson Arthur at a low income housing project.Photo: Wishing we had a before shot of this landscape. Designed by HGTV's Carson Arthur, it replaced a concrete patio and ugly deck. The raised planter will give privacy as it fills in and softens the landscape.Photo: Horrid concrete steps disappear under this lovely square-cut flagstone.Photo: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto: How to handle that shady area between homes where the grass won't grow. Clear gravel (no fine bits) under the stone lets water flow as it needs too.Photo: Synthetic flag with a soldier row. See the edging restraint that holds it all together.Photo: Well, I didn't think that travertine marple would be ok in our northern climates but it's been several winters now. Lovely!Photo: Well, I didn't think that travertine marple would be ok in our northern climates but it's been several winters now. Lovely!Photo: Sandstone steps. A BIT better than the concrete builder's slabs eh?Photo: These simple concrete slabs were already on-site. we reused them to guide folks to the front door and through the garden.Photo: Permeable red granite gravel with a cast stone soldier row to contain it. Believe it or not, the nicest thing about granite gravel is that it SOUNDS lovely - almost musical, not dull like limestone gravel.Photo: An old, heaving, cracked concrete walkway was faced here with natural limestone flag. This is a wet-laid installation (stones were mortared down) as opposed to dry-lay, which doesn't use mortar.Photo: Santa Fe Cream Shale made this a lovely permeable driveway.Photo: Double-fired clay brick and square-cut limestone flag make this yard elegant and useful. See the gaps? It's designed to be permeable. Designed by Carson Arthur and installed by Fern Ridge.Photo: A beautiful patio creates an outdoor room allowing for entertaining.Photo: See how the limestonePhoto: This double-fired clay brick was installed with gaps to make water flow into the ground taking stress of storm sewers and protecting our waterways.Photo: The homeowner built this arbor AND the stain glass windows. Fern Ridge built the permeable patio.Photo: Even in Oakville clay, permeable stone helps water infiltrate. it looks stunning and will last hundreds of years. Limestone cobbles act as a soldier row, holding it all together.Photo: Existing stone was redesigned into a curved path, allowing for planting pockets to soften the look of the house.Photo: A simple path and steps, facing the old concrete step.Photo: Random flag is complimented by natural steps and iron railings.Photo: Creating a large landing makes the entrance to this house more welcoming.Photo: Old concrete steps hugged the house and made it feel unwelcoming. Pulling it away from the wall and installing gardens added warmth and welsome.Photo: A formal veggie garden with natural stone curbing and limestone flag. A stone waterfall add sound and motion to the landscape.Photo: Red granite gravel was used here to create an additional parking area without making impermeable surfaces.Photo: This slate patio and cedar planter were built on a 5th story balcony at a condominium in TorontPhoto: The mortar on these steps was failing and the stones themselves were spalling away. Fern Ridge rebuilt the steps and installed planters to soften the look.Photo: Mega-flag steps lead to the front door, blending in with the old style of the home.Photo: To save space and work around the gas meter, flag rubble was used to build a mini wall to support the flag steps.Photo: This raised garden was built for Whole Foods in Oakville to show folks how easy it is to grow your own food.Photo: Wide flares on walkways make them more inviting to visitorsPhoto: Old asphalt was removed, making way for this beautiful landscape at the Working Women's Support Centre in Toronto. Designed by Carson Arthur & installed by Fern Ridge Landscaping.Photo: Art meets gardening in this lovely landscape designed by Carson Arthur and build by Fern Ridge Landscaping. It was unwelcoming asphalt and now it's a space where people come to relax.Photo: Art makes gardens shine. These walls act as seats.