Denise Lajoei started creating her garden in Cambridge, Ontario Canada 7 or 8 years ago. After the years of work and adding to the garden every year, she was chosen to have her garden on a special garden tour organized by the Cambridge Gardening Club in August. For those of us not lucky to live close enough to go on the tour ourselves, here’s a little taste of her beautiful collection of plants!
The beautiful pink goblets of autumn crocus (Colchicum speciosum, Zone 4 – 9) bloom in late summer/early autumn without any leaves. Here in Denise’s garden, a carpet of other plants provides a backdrop to these elegant flowers that end the season on a high note. The leaves emerge in the spring, and then die back completely by mid summer.
A diverse collection of perennials and annuals provide color and interest in the garden. Here, a bird bath and garden bench invite visitors both human and feathered to stop a moment and enjoy the garden.
Big leaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5 – 9) lend bright color to the shade in the height of summer. For colder climate gardens, look for varieties that can rebloom in the summer. Older, once-blooming varieties can set their flower buds in the fall, and in hard winters sometimes freeze off.
The green flower buds of Sedum spectabile (stone crop, Zones 3 – 9) serve as a subtle, understated prelude to the bright pink flowers to come.
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