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Perfect symmetry in a Montreal garden

By
Bethany Lyttle
Photography by
Angus McRitchie

An elegant outdoor space effortlessly balances a formal framework with an informal attitude

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How to create harmony
To create a garden that’s both formal and informal, Stuart Webster of Webster Design recommends the following:

  • Create a focal point that’s in keeping with the directional axes of your house and property lines.
  • 
Divide the space in your yard carefully and systematically. This doesn’t have to be difficult or elaborate, it just has to be thoughtful and planned.
  • 
Keep stone joints and walkways 
neat and proportional. Use them 
to guide the eye through the space.
  • 
Plant with four seasons of colour 
and texture in mind.
  • 
Use large brush strokes of colourful low-maintenance perennials to 
lend an informal touch.
  • 
Emphasize the vertical elements 
of a house, such as columns, with evergreens. They’ll also provide interest in winter.
  • 
Plan outward from the garden’s centre. The further you go from 
the centre, the more relaxed your plantings can be.

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