​15 garden solutions for unpredictable Canadian weather

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​15 garden solutions for unpredictable Canadian weather

Sarah Tolle – Homify Canada Sarah Tolle – Homify Canada
RHS Cardiff 2015 Modern Garden by Best4hedging Modern
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Topics covered: landscaping, gardening.  

Think you’re the only one suffering from unpredictable drops and spikes in temperature, unprecedented snowfall, dry spells? Backyards, patios, and gardens across Canada deal with a wide range of dynamic environments, with cold fronts and summer showers appearing out of nowhere. However, a well-designed garden can offer an enduring and appealing outdoor space regardless of the influence of unpredictable weather. 

If you’d like the chance to enjoy your patio come rain or shine, wind or snow, read on! These gardeners and landscape architects create gardens that would we well-prepared for crazy Canadian weather.

​1. Solve cold spells with an outdoor firepit

This urban courtyard design instills warmth, even on chilly evenings.

​2. Retractable awnings: there when you need it, gone when you don’t

modern  by Appeal Home Shading, Modern
Appeal Home Shading

Awnings from Appeal

Appeal Home Shading

This awning features innovative touches such as built-in dimmable LED lighting and radio controlled infrared heating, offering a comfortable and well-lit environment at any time of day, throughout the year.

3. Embrace the hot summer sun with a stretch canvas for partial shade

colonial  by Lothian Design, Colonial
Lothian Design

Garden furniture

Lothian Design

4. Hole up in a miniature garden cabin

http://www.gardenaffairs.co.uk/our-ranges/log-cabins/ Country style garden by Garden Affairs Ltd Country
Garden Affairs Ltd


Garden Affairs Ltd

Also a great space to protect your tools from getting buried in the winter snow or damaged by rain.

5. Enjoy an al fresco dinner party—rain or shine—under the shelter of a draped canopy

6. For the West Coast where rainy days are more common than sunny ones: a pergola with green roof for rainwater absorption

RHS Cardiff 2015 Modern Garden by Best4hedging Modern

RHS Cardiff 2015


Vancouverites, rejoice.

7. Enjoy flexibility on a windy rooftop patio in an outdoor living pod with adjustable electric blinds

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof Patio Canopy Installation in the Scottish Borders. Modern Garden by homify Modern

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof Patio Canopy Installation in the Scottish Borders.


Perfect for those gusty Toronto rooftops.

​8. Stay warm—and embrace Canadian heritage—with a quaint log cabin

10m² Barbecue Cabin in a Derbyshire garden. Scandinavian style garden by Arctic Cabins Scandinavian
Arctic Cabins

10m² Barbecue Cabin in a Derbyshire garden.

Arctic Cabins

This one’s got a little stove and barbecue inside for year-round deliciousness.

9. The perfect storm: brick barbecue, raised seating area, summer house for shelter, fence for wind protection

patio with raised sitting area and suspended brick barbecue Modern Garden by Progressive Design London Modern
Progressive Design London

patio with raised sitting area and suspended brick barbecue

Progressive Design London

10. A multi-functional summer house is well-equipped for both basking in the sun and staying dry on rainy days (while still enjoying the view of the zen-inspired garden!)

Summer house and Zen garden Modern Garden by Martin Hall Design Modern
Martin Hall Design

Summer house and Zen garden

Martin Hall Design

11. Clean, simple lines make for a striking black pagoda offering partial shade and intimacy

Great for open backyards requiring some respite from the hot summer sun.

12. A wood-fired village oven doubles as a hearth for cool evenings on the patio

Garden wood-fired oven Rustic style garden by wood-fired oven Rustic
wood-fired oven

Garden wood-fired oven

wood-fired oven

13. This slim and subtle urban yard stays sheltered from strong winds with tall fencing

Slim & Subtle Rear Garden Modern Garden by homify Modern

Slim & Subtle Rear Garden


14. A corner terrace naturally offers a great vantage point while providing a tucked-away haven

15. Listen to your inner child; a treehouse provides a wonderful outdoor escape year-round!

Of course, you can also enjoy the natural world indoors throughout the year by making sure you include plenty of plant life in your home decor. Read this ideabook to discover the best house plants: 11 pretty house plants to purify the air and improve your health

Share your thoughts on these weather-proof garden ideas below!
Modern houses by Casas inHAUS Modern

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