The recent Applewood Garden Tour in Mississauga, Ont., included the garden of Liz Primeau, a regular contributor to
Garden Making and the author of several gardening books, as well as the gardens of two artists, which showed great creativity and artistic touches. Here are some of my favourite vignettes from these three gardens.
Liz grows tomatoes, beans and lettuce in pots on her front driveway, where there is lots of sun and heat reflected from the concrete. The little terracotta pots on top of the bamboo stakes are decorative, and help keep the containers attractive for passersby on the road.
Liz has a couple of cactus in her front garden, and this is one that she recently divided because it got too big. I love the look of cactus mixed in with other plants.
A formal hedge surrounded by groundcover with a path leading farther into the garden caught my eye.
This garden had many beautiful sculptures and pieces of garden art, but this bunny, with a toque replacing his broken ears, was a favourite of mine.
I liked this pond, with a hosta growing in the middle.
This garden’s pathways were determined by the homeowners’ dog’s running path, and have ended up as wide curves throughout the garden. The result is quite natural, with the path taking you through the middle of the garden and out to the edges. It’s a good strategy if you have a dog, because it means no arguing about where they can run, and their paths may actually make perfect sense for your garden.
This garden was full of art, containers and birdbaths from reclaimed materials made by one of the homeowners.
Square wooden containers with big grasses suit this sunny deck perfectly.