Today we’re visiting Haliburton, Ontario, to see Justin Dumitrescu’s garden. The garden is ten years old and features mostly native plants in an informal, meadow-like design.
Stepping-stones lead through a beautiful stand of purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9). Coneflowers are beloved by pollinators when in bloom and produce lots of nutritious seeds for goldfinches and other birds after the flowers fade. And they are beautiful too! Win-win-win!
More beautiful coneflowers mix with the spiky blue flowers of seaholly (Eryngium sp.), another flower that is a favorite with a wide range of pollinators and beneficial insects.
A rich matrix of flowers and grasses. Dense, diverse plantings like this are beautiful, give few chances for weeds to germinate, and provide homes and food for a wide range of native insects.
False indigo (Baptisia australis, Zones 3–10) is native to a wide swath of eastern North America. It can be slow to establish but is very long-lived, develops deep, drought-resistant roots, and gets more and more beautiful each year.
Hillside terraces are filled with plants—a perfect solution to a steep slope that would be impossible to mow and prone to erosion.
The soft pink plumes of queen of the prairie (Filipendula rubra, Zones 4–7). Ranging from eastern Canada down to Missouri and Virginia, this elegant perennial can reach 5 feet in height with wonderful late-summer flowers—a perfect way to send the gardening season off on a high note.
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