Gar­dens, gar­dens ev­ery­where!

Story by Ta­nia Mof­fat, pho­tos by Dorothy Dob­bie

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Gardens, Gardens Everywhere! -

Jon and Pat Bre­haut share a pas­sion for gar­den­ing. It’s more than a hobby; it’s re­lax­ing and deeply sat­is­fy­ing. “Gar­den­ing should move you, and in­spire you to greater things,” says Pat.

Their in­spi­ra­tion for greater things is ev­i­dent when you look at their Sher­wood Park prop­erty. The most vis­i­ble dif­fer­ence is the ab­sence of lawn. Nei­ther the front nor the back is graced with a blade of grass. A trade in which the Bre­hauts def­i­nitely came out ahead.

Street side, they traded a lush lawn for the gen­tle sway of Karl Fo­er­ster and Over­dam grasses and a grace­ful Tolle­son’s Weep­ing Blue Ju­niper, colour­ful ground cov­ers, ev­er­greens such as dwarf mugo pine, ju­niper, cy­press and yew, tex­tured shrubs and peren­ni­als. Spots bare of green­ery are filled with shred­ded bark mulch, but the eyes fo­cus on the dry stream bed, which is car­ried off by rocks of as­sorted sizes and com­pli­mented by the place­ment of drift­wood, an aban­doned boat and other or­na­men­ta­tion.

“We of­ten get passers-by stop­ping to chat about the gar­den and the chil­dren in the area also love to stop and look. They en­joy our or­na­ments,” says Pat of their unique front yard.

The back­yard is just as stun­ning, though in a more re­laxed man­ner. It’s invit­ing with sur­prises and in­ter­est­ing plant-

A dry stream bed is the fo­cal point of the front yard.

Mounds of peren­ni­als and shrubs re­place lawn.

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