Well-designed yards—with a mixture of trees, shrubs and flowers—can help lower water, heating and cooling costs, reduce stormwater runoff, and replenish groundwater. They’re also good for birds, bees and neighbouring trees.
Water-efficient plants come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, so knowing the look and function you want to achieve in your yard will help guide your garden design. Gardens can be created for many purposes such as attracting pollinators, as play areas for children, or to prevent erosion. Determining your garden’s purpose will help you decide what elements to include and how to place them. You can choose plants to ensure blooms throughout the season.