They calll Victoria "The garden city". Many homes have very little grass. Instead they go for lush plantings. This is agreeable to the wildlife. I regularly see deer, racoons, rabbits, hawks eagles, herons, owls and all of the prey species that these birds feed on. If this were "The big lawns city", I doubt that we would see so much wildlife in an urban environment.
1. The owners of this property regularly gather plants from my demolition projects. They have totally transformed a former lawn area and now they are working on the public space beyond. The city turns a blind eye to this activity unless plantings begin to choke off the sidewalk or get too tall near intersections where safety would be affected. The boulevard where my shovel stands is next. Often there is a domino effect. One person plants the public space along the sidewalk and a few years later half of the street has done it.
2. I built the driftwood support for this clematis several years ago. The area under the deck is used to store stuff. The plantings will hide it as we come into summer. This yard has about 5% grass, pathways that lead to the various groves.
3. I delivered some bricks to this yard. Even the boulevard has been planted with bushes and flowers.