Growing a cooler backyard

Since we all recently survived the hottest month ever in Earth’s recorded history, I figured I’d reblog these fabulous pieces of advice from blogger pal Crys Stewart. Enjoy!

Ministry of the fence

A white painted wooden deck incorporating large trees creates a cooler backyard. Large trees plus light-coloured surfaces equal lower temps on hot summer days. Photo of an urban Toronto garden shot in June, 2015.

When it comes to growing a cooler backyard, for once I’m not talking about edgy, eco garden design trends. As southwestern Ontario continues its record-breaking heat wave, gardening is now all about the temperature. And since last month (July, 2016) was the hottest month around the world in recorded history, I don’t think we’re alone in thinking about heat and how to avoid it. City and suburban dwellers are the most affected since “downtown metropolitan areas can absorb and store twice the amount of heat compared to their rural surrounding during the daytime,” according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Here are 10 ideas for taking the heat off your little patch of paradise.


Any building, gazebo or umbrella can provide cooling shade but trees…

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About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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