Today’s photos come from Debby de Groot of Toronto, who is sharing some images of her “secret garden” tucked away in a secluded corner of her house. This is only her second year in the house, but the garden is already looking pretty great, because she’s wisely using exciting, established plants and carefully adding new plantings to bring in more color and interest.
As you come in from the east side of the house and open the gate, my secret garden is revealed as it slopes steeply down.
I am working with some ancient plants (such as this massive rose bush) and introducing new perennials and Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–8), with a dash of color from annuals, but I am trying to keep the garden as close as possible to the incredible nature beyond us.
Another view of the garden, showing how the planting is coming together.
I have also started floodscaping by introducing a dry stream bed to move the water down and away from the house to the pond area.
A long view of the dry stream bed
The pond is full of plants and ready to accept water from the dry stream bed. (Editor’s note: Floating on the pond surface are plants of water lettuce [Pistia stratiotes]. In a cold climate like Toronto’s, it’s a charming summer annual for ponds and will be killed by the first frost. However, it should not be used in tropical climates without freezing temperatures, as it can be very invasive.)
Finally, I can sit under the covered deck to plan and dream about next summer!
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