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A Garden From Scratch in Toronto

Jacqueline’s garden sanctuary

irises surrounded by creeping Jenny

My name is Jacqueline Joseph, and I am from Toronto, Canada. I am an avid gardener and have been gardening for the past 21 years. I started this garden from scratch, as it was a brand-new home. It has been an evolution, and the joy I get from it is indescribable. My garden is my sanctuary, and I would love to share some pictures.

tall container planting with mandevillaRed Parasol mandevilla (Mandevilla hybrid, Zones 10–11 or as an annual), ivy (Hedera helix, hardiness depends on the variety) and million bells (Calibrachoa hybrid, annual)

shade garden with hosta and fernsThe shade garden consists of hosta (Hosta hybrid, Zones 3–9), lamium (Lamium maculatum, Zones 3–8), ferns, and bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 2–8).

Sonic Pink weigelaSonic Bloom Pink weigela (Weigela florida, Zones 4–8) and roses

Vanilla strawberry hydrangeaVanilla Strawberry hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8)

Pink astilbes in front of a hydrangeaPink astilbes (Astilbe chinensis, Zones 4–8) and Quick Fire hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8)

monarchs on a butterfly bush‘Miss Molly’ butterfly bush (Buddleia ‘Miss Molly’, Zones 5–8) grown in a container. The butterflies are loving it!

hydrangea in a front yardSweet harmony hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) and monkshood (Aconitum sp. Zones 3–7) with hostas (Hosta hybrids, Zones 3–9) and cranesbill geraniums (Geranium, Zones 4–8) in the front garden.

irises surrounded by creeping JennyIrises (Iris hybrid, bearded group, Zones 3–10) and creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9) ground cover

Princess Diana clematis‘Princess Diana’ clematis (Clematis ‘Princess Diana’, Zones 4–8) in bloom

Pardon Me daylily‘Pardon Me’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Pardon Me’, Zones 3–9) starting to bloom


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    treasuresmom 03/16/2021

    Love those irises.

    1. Torgarden 03/16/2021

      Thank you! A co-worker had given me some tubers after she divided hers a few years ago. That area gets very soggy when it rains - the Irises love it.

  2. sagebird52 03/16/2021

    Beautiful, a green haven and lovely flowers and shrubs .

  3. Torgarden 03/16/2021

    Thank you - it's my first time submitting any pictures of my garden. I could have given a little more description of the garden :)

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    simplesue 03/16/2021

    Wow your "Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea" is fabulous!
    Love the arrangement and plant choices of your shade garden area, so nicely filled in with lower plants in front!
    All the Creeping Jenny along the path just glows beautifully!
    Those Monarchs sure love the nectar of your butterfly bush! Great photo of them! Love the look of the purple "Monkshood" in the perennial bed too!

    1. Torgarden 03/16/2021

      Thank you SimpleSue. I replaced all the grass with Creeping Jenny and added flag stones for a path.
      The "Monkshood" is such a beautiful plant - we get a lot of compliments when they are in bloom - the flowers look so graceful.

  5. gardendevas 03/16/2021

    Absolutely gorgeous - so lush and inspiring! Lovely color combos and placements, especially those iris. Truly a place to recharge.

  6. Torgarden 03/16/2021

    Appreciate your comments. Yes, I love to sit out and have my morning tea and hear the birds chirping.

  7. cynthia2020 03/16/2021

    Hi, Jacqueline. Thank you for sharing photos of your beautiful and full garden! I especially liked the combination of the pink astilbes and the white hydrangea, plus the green and healthy shade garden with the ferns and hostas.

  8. Torgarden 03/16/2021

    Thank you Cynthia! The Astilbes love that spot as the ground tends to be very soggy in that area when it rains. They also get full sun!
    The shade garden worked out well against the side of the house.

  9. btucker9675 03/16/2021

    Such a pretty garden! That vanilla strawberry hydrangea is spectacular - I had just put one in at the house we had before this one not realizing that we were going to have to sell it quickly... I hope that it has grown to be as beautiful as yours. Thank you for sharing your lovely place.

  10. Torgarden 03/16/2021

    Thank you! I planted it 5 years ago and each year it gets better. I love the the colours - I have 2 more planted in different areas of the garden.

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    vanhatalosuomi 03/17/2021

    Nice photos and plant color. :)

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