Canada 150 special

'David' garden phlox with L.D. Braithwaite ('AUScrim') David Austen rose. (Photos by Stephen Westcott-Gratton)

Cut flowers, harvested fresh from your garden

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Four examples of how to bring cut flowers from your garden inside and present them in simple but beautiful arrangements. Tips and techniques for vases.

Cimiifuga and Japanese anemone in garden in Beaverton, Ontario. (Photo by Stephen Westcott-Gratton)

Cimicifugas: Superstars of the autumn garden

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

In late summer, the aristocratic purple-leaved cimicifugas are in heavy bud and the first Japanese anemones are just beginning to flower.

Chicago Hardy' figs in Beaverton,- Ontario, in August 2017 (Photos by Stephen Westcott-Gratton)

The joy of growing figs

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Enjoy the singular culinary delight of growing an ancient fruit – sweet, voluptuous and totally decadent figs (Ficus carica cvs.). How to grow figs in pots.

Joe Pye w painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) in Beaverton, Ontario, August 2017. (Photos by Stephen Westcott-Gratton).

Super-sized flowers for late summer

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Cooler zones are already beginning to get subtle hints that autumn is coming. Flowers for late summer include spotted Joe Pye weed and common rose mallow.

Hydrangea Incrediball (Photos by Stephen Westcott-Gratton)

Bountiful midsummer flowers: Hardy hydrangeas

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Hydrangeas are one of the most loved and widely planted flowering shrubs in Canada. Stephen grows the smooth hydrangea and the panicle hydrangea.