In winter, enjoy tasty, healthy, organic edible seeds from three prolific plants — bronze fennel, cilantro and lovage. Carol Pope explains how.
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Potted cyclamen plants with elaborately marked ivy-like foliage and bright flowers are easy-to-grow, long-lasting ornamentals.
Visiting gardens farther afield also offers up lots of inspiration, especially garden design ideas that can be transplanted to your own space.
Garden Making No. 20 focuses on design ideas for gardens. Features include how to plan a new garden and gardens to visit.
The sparkling white ‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese anemone begins flowering about the middle of September, and is a Judith Adam favourite. Its tall stature gives it architectural presence.
Anemonopsis macrophylla is a native of Japan, a member of the buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family, and related to hellebores, anemones, ranunculus and trollius.
Pink turtlehead, sometimes called twisted shell flower, are showy plants that provide nectar loved by hummingbirds. They prefer nectar over sugar water.
Gardens to Visit
At Moorside in the Gatineau Hills visitors can best experience Mackenzie King’s visionary plans for both the property’s gardens and for the city of Ottawa itself.
Roger Van den Hende Botanical Garden in Quebec features demonstration beds, herbacetum, arboretum, water garden, a rose garden, an Ericacetum of acid-loving plants
A group of horticulturists, community members, nursery people and gardeners plant magnolias in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.
Food to Grow
In winter, you can enjoy fresh herbs like basil and crisp, fresh salad greens by growing microgreens indoors. Here’s how.
Among the healthiest foods we can eat, homegrown garlic is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Garlic can be enjoyed four ways: as young or mature bulbs, scapes and greens.
Here’s how to create a year-round supply of nutritious, edible leaves provided by a cut-and-come-again garden of container edibles.
TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Nova Scotia gardener Jim Smith shows the joy of sharing plants with a Dominion Day rose. Its red-and-white striped buds normally open on Canada Day.
Clay soil can be difficult it can be to work with. It’s sticky and wet in the spring, and brick-hard in summer.
The conifer needles that fall on Judith Adam’s property remain where they fall on soil or lawn, making a soft mulch.