The perfect garden, custom-designed for your home and your needs.

Whatever your tastes and lifestyle, we can design a garden style to suit you. Some of our signature design styles include small gardens, wildlife-friendly gardens, Xeriscape gardens, contemporary gardens, cottage gardens, and formal gardens.

Surrounding your home with a well-appointed garden adds significant value to your property and provides enjoyment year-round. A gracious entry welcomes visitors, and beautiful outdoor living spaces maximize your enjoyment of your property. A landscape that is consistent with the design and function of your house and suits your lifestyle can be achieved with thoughtful planning of your entire property.

Our approach to design is what sets us apart. We provide a simplified and cohesive experience that guarantees total design integrity and total client satisfaction. We strive to not only create a space that fulfills your request, but goes beyond what you expect.


The Design Process

Call us for a consultation to discuss your landscape project.
Our design process is seamless from conception to completion:

  • Initial Consultation

    During our first meeting, we’ll discuss your ideas and requirements. This will ensure that all the aesthetic and functional options suit your requirements and budget. We can also create a written landscape brief plan so that we don’t miss any details.

  • Site Survey

    We’ll do a detailed survey and analysis of your existing garden to show boundaries, existing planting, features, levels and structures. For larger or more complex projects a land surveyor may be required.

  • Vision Plan

    You’ll get to examine and approve our provisional garden design plans to ensure that our interpretation meets with your approval. This coloured plan will include drawings as well as a planting strategy.

  • Master Plan

    Based on your feedback, we’ll create a completed design that will be used as a reference and layout plan for construction. In some cases more detailed construction drawings are required to assist independent contractors carry out more complex projects.

  • Planting Plan and Schedule

    We’ll draft a reference document to show the location of new planting as well as the sizing and quantities. This will also show the botanical description and notes regarding aftercare for ease of maintenance.

  • Installation

    Once the design stage has been successfully completed, construction can commence. We will ensure successful implementation of the plan we’ve created, and we’ll make sure your garden is finished according to your schedule and budget.

Wherever possible we incorporate existing plants into the schemes to lend maturity and continuity, as well as to aid habitat protection and creation. We believe our most successful and inspiring gardens have resulted from a meaningful dialogue with an engaged client. In our experience, the client’s involvement and passion is crucial for truly unique garden design.

VGL has created strong working relationships with nurseries and growers on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. As such, this will help you maintain your landscaping budget while giving you a great looking yard.

A note about our design service. At the completion of the design phase you will have fully customized prints of your new landscape plan, a color master plan, or 3-D rendering. Extensive detail is put into these plans so that during the construction phase there are as few unexpected issues as possible.

For this reason, we charge a fee for the design phase. Fees for designs range, based on the project size and complexity.