Landscaping trends in Calgary are forever changing. Every year there seems to be some now trend or new look that starts to show up in local back yards and front yards in Calgary. Landscaping trends in Calgary are different than they are in many other cities across North America specifically because the climate here is so different. Here are some landscaping trends that we are seeing in Calgary.
Large paving slabs are replacing traditional paving stones
Years ago Calgary paving stone patios and walkways were typically paved with small interlocking brick. The small interlocking brick were almost always the same size. Small 8 x 4 or 6 x 6 bricks that were not varied at all. These interlocking brick patios and walkways looked great way back when but as tastes evolved so did the look of patios and walkways. 1990 welcomed in some new looks for patios and walkways that included varied sizes in paving stone patios. This simply means a patio would include 3 or 4 different sizes of brick that would create a more timeless look. Varied sizes would include 12 x 12, 8 x 4 and 6 x 6. Patios and walkway designs have again evolved onto paving slabs becoming some of the most popular hardscaping materials being used. Paving slabs are definitely the latest and most popular trend to hit Calgary markets. Paving slabs are slabs of stone that are much larger than traditional paving stones. These include slab sizes that are 30″ x 14″, 3o” x 20″ etc. These slabs can be installed tightly together or they can be inset in crushed gravel. Insetting these slabs in crushed gravel is more commonly seen in walkways.
Xersiscaping and low maintenance landscaping
Xeriscaping in Calgary is becoming more and more popular because homeowners are looking for low maintenance landscapes. Many Calgarians have very busy lifestyles so they are looking for a landscape that they can easily maintain. Xeriscaping your yard in Calgary can be a challenge because this requires planting trough tolerant shrubs. Drought tolerant shrubs are typically found in more desert like climates in areas like Palm springs or Arizona. Nonetheless drought tolerant shrubs can be found in Calgary. Xeriscaping is typically done using drought tolerant shrubs planting in a crushed rock landscape. Sod or grass is rare in a xeriscaped yard because grass or sod will need watering throughout the summer. Crushed or decorative rock is a better option and requires basically zero maintenance. Artificial turf is becoming more and more popular because it requires very little maintenance compared to grass or sod. Artificial turf is expensive to install but over the years you will save time and money on hand watering or watering with underground sprinklers. Artificial turf is definitely a leading landscaping trend in Calgary.