At my last garden (in Toronto), I dug a large flower bed in a full-sun location with the express intention of preserving it as an area for growing cut flowers destined exclusively for the vase. The first year I planted varieties that can be difficult to blend successfully in static herbaceous borders, such as bells of Ireland, gladioli, sunflowers and tuberoses. But due to … [Read more...] about Cut flowers, harvested fresh from your garden
The colour spectrum of my garden widens dramatically when the first rhododendrons begin to flower in various shades of white, pink, orange, red and magenta. The genus Rhododendron is a huge one with more than 1,000 species and about 28,000 cultivars, but for the majority of Canadians most of these beautiful shrubs are out of reach, due to their lack of cold hardiness and … [Read more...] about Growing rhododendrons in a cold climate
When choosing a new plant for your garden, there are many factors to ponder: Does it have the colour, size and bloom time you desire? Does it suit the site? Is it fussy or easygoing? Fragrant, long blooming, pest resistant? One often-overlooked attribute, though, is the ability of some plants to animate a border. These botanical Baryshnikovs gracefully sway, swish or sashay in … [Read more...] about Plants that move
In the seasonal rush to plant spring-flowering bulbs, fall bloomers are often overlooked. To add to their undeserved obscurity, one of the loveliest — colchicum — suffers from an identity crisis. Often referred to as autumn crocus (which belongs to another genus altogether), Colchicum is a botanical name that's easily mangled, causing confusion. And, of its many common names – … [Read more...] about Fall-blooming colchicums
Question from Pamela in Sarnia For years, I have planted daffodils in the fall. They bloom the next spring and then never bloom again. I have never had one re-bloom. Any explanation ? Beckie's reply: Daffodils are generally reliable bloomers. A bonus is that they’re unpalatable to deer, squirrels and rabbits, which often treat a display of spring-blooming bulbs as their … [Read more...] about Why don’t my daffodils re-bloom?