Yesterday we got to visit Patrick and Dorothy Smyth’s garden on a corner lot in the concrete jungle of Toronto, Canada, and today we’re back for more!
Patrick and Dorothy have divided up their small, urban lot into many different spaces and filled them with beautiful plants to create a garden that feels worlds away from the urban landscape around them.
It’s spring in the garden, with color from tulips (Tulipa hybrids, Zones 3–8), daffodils (Narcissus hybrids, Zones 3–8, depending on variety), and that soft spring green of new leaves pushing out from perennials, trees, and shrubs.
A clump of purple irises (Iris hybrid, bearded group, Zones 3–9) as seen through a frame of other shrubs. Dense plantings that can hide and reveal the gardens beyond them can make a small space feel much larger.
Clouds of lavender (Lavandula species or hybrid, Zones 5–8) look beautiful, and you know they smell even better in person!
There is so much to see in this picture, from the black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 4–9) in the foreground to the contrasting colored foliage in the background, to the fountain, bench, and gravel walk in between. These are gardeners who know how to layer plants and details to create a rich experience everywhere.
A serene garden moment, with Buddha backed by a wall covered with Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata, Zones 4–8).
In this early spring view of the Buddha sculpture, the Boston ivy is now bare of leaves. A male cardinal visits the water feature.
Black-eyed Susans and purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8) are in the height of their summer display.
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