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Flowers from Clay

Dealing with tough soil in Ontario

My name is Beth O’Brien, and I live in a Zone 6b location in Fort Erie, Ontario. We purchased this new home five years ago, and the yard was a blank slate. It has been a constant learning experience to find plants that rabbits don’t eat, that are fairly drought tolerant, and that can grow in the hard clay soil. Amend, amend, amend.

I have been trying to achieve constant color throughout the growing season.

The front garden in May with spring bulbs.The front garden in May with spring bulbs

In June, blue salvia (Salvia nemorosa, Zone 3 - 8) takes center stage.In June, blue salvia (Salvia nemorosa, Zones 3–8) takes center stage.

In July, the stargazer lilies (Lilium ‘Stargazer’ Zone 3 - 8) bloom in mass.In July, the ‘Stargazer’ lilies (Lilium ‘Stargazer’, Zones 3–8) bloom in mass.

Another view of the front bed lined with Stargazer lilies.Another view of the front bed lined with ‘Stargazer’ lilies.

In August the dahlias are at their best, providing plenty of colors. I started them in April in a little greenhouse.In August the dahlias are at their best, providing plenty of colors. I started them in April in a little greenhouse.

This is a shade garden on the north side of a shed with a big clump of variegated Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zone 5 – 9) in the middle.This is a shade garden on the north side of a shed with a big clump of variegated Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9) in the middle.

Monarchs compete for nectar on the blooms of a butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii, Zone 5 - 9).Monarchs compete for nectar on the blooms of a butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii, Zones 5–9).

A favorite combination of asters, coneflowers and phloxA favorite combination: asters (Stokesia laevis, Zones 5–9), coneflowers (Echinacea spp., Zones 4–9), and phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8)

Petunia ‘Bees Knees’ (annual) are easy maintenance in boxes on our deck.Petunia ‘Bees Knees’ (annual) are easy to maintain in boxes on our deck.

A group of coneflowers lasts well into the fall.A group of coneflowers lasts well into the fall.

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  1. sandyprowse 10/12/2021

    It seems to be that whatever you set out to do originally you have perfected and your garden is a great success. Congratulations! It is gorgeous and must be the envy of the neighbourhood. .

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    treasuresmom 10/12/2021

    It is all so lovely but especially the lilies.

  3. sagebird52 10/12/2021

    Lovely artistic and a benefit to the neighborhood

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    pattyeckels 10/12/2021

    You done good! Lol.

  5. nicki_s 10/12/2021

    Everything looks so perfect! Wonderfully colorful.

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    SimpleSue 10/12/2021

    Your perennials and annuals are amazing! I saved your photo of the butterflies on the butterfly bush!
    You're front border really graces your pretty house- great curb appeal!

  7. BTucker9675 10/12/2021

    Wow - what a wonderful job you've done with your gardens! I just love all of the colors, so pretty. I deal with heavy clay soil here in North Carolina, too. It's quite a struggle and you're obviously winning the battle!

  8. Maggieat11 10/13/2021

    Great job! Those petunias are fab!

  9. user-5117752 10/13/2021

    Absolutely delightful in every way!!! A joy to behold!!!

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