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Alice’s Front Garden in Canada

A garden through the seasons

front yard garden in spring

Today Alice Fleurkens is sharing her Sweaburg, Ontario, garden with us. We’ve visited Alice’s garden before, so if you’d like to see more, check out these posts: Good Friends Make a Great Garden and Fall to Winter.

front yard garden bed with shrubs and amaranthThis corner of the garden has a pretty spectacular display from an incredible ‘Molton Fire’ amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor ‘Molton Fire’, annual). It has dark leaves on older growth, but the new growth turns brilliant red as the plant matures. It makes a long-lasting and colorful statement in this garden.

garden bed with blue ageratumThis stretch of the garden in summer is punctuated by blue ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum, annual), which make masses of fuzzy blue flowers all summer long.

Alice has mixed shrubs, perennials, annuals, and even some kale to create a beautiful and diverse garden.

front yard garden with lots of evergreens in fallAlice’s front steps in the fall include shrubs that provide structure and color all year, while pots of flowers add pops of seasonal color.

unique homemade birdbathThe scene by those steps has changed since last fall, as Alice took out a large shrub at the corner to show off these rocks more and then made a nice space for this interesting and unusual birdbath she made out of items found at Goodwill.

clump of gold and burgundy tulipsThis lovely clump of tulips with dark burgundy flowers edged in gold looks like it might be the variety Tulipa ‘Gavota’ (Zones 3–8).

small tree covered in white flowersThis beautiful flowering tree is actually in the neighbor’s yard, but it provides a beautiful backdrop for Alice’s own garden.

front yard garden in springOne last shot of the front steps and surrounding garden as they look in the spring, with tulips blooming and lots of promise of a summer of beauty to come.


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  1. gardendevas 05/25/2021

    Wow!!! Gorgeous and inspiring. Love the integration of rocks, evergreens, color. And kudos on your whimsical birdbath!

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    treasuresmom 05/25/2021

    Love it!

  3. annek 05/25/2021

    Beautiful. I’m fascinated with the birdbath. Very well designed

  4. user-5117752 05/25/2021

    Simply stunning!!! First and foremost I love your rocks and their placement!!! Then your beautiful, creative birdbath!!! And, finally, you've designed and placed your plantings to show off your garden to its maximum!!! Who could ask for anything more!!! Marvelous!!!

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    simplesue 05/25/2021

    Beautiful arrangement of stones, and shrubs at steps going to front refreshing to not see grass, I feel like I'm in a mountainous region!
    Very creative birdbath you made,( I love Goodwill for finding wire baskets to use as garden cloches) love the way it catches the light!

    1. alicefleurkens 05/26/2021

      We have lots of grass too. My husband looks after the grass. To many Hills cor me on a ridimg mower but he is e part on it.

      1. alicefleurkens 05/26/2021

        He is expert on it that is

  6. btucker9675 05/25/2021

    Wonderful garden! Now I'll be scouring for treasures to make a birdbath myself - thank you for sharing your creativity and artistic flair.

    1. alicefleurkens 05/26/2021

      Its easy, all you need is some old dishes and GE silicone to attach them to each other. Have fun with it.

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    cynthia2020 05/25/2021

    ...lots of places for my eyes to go in your front garden! Love the tulips and the birdbath.

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    bdowen 05/31/2021

    Love seeing your garden after reading your comments on other gardeners' gardens. Lovely stone walls/ edges, lovely birdbath, lovely setting...

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