Today’s photos come from our good friend Cherry Ong:
I had the good fortune to revisit the Gardens at the Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, recently and thought I would share photos of some of their spectacular landscapes and garden beds.
Government House is the ceremonial home for all British Columbians. Located in the Rockland area of Victoria, it is a 20-minute walk from downtown Victoria or a five-minute drive. It is free to the public from sunrise to sunset, and house tours are held once a month. Click here for more information on the history of the gardens.
The alpine and rock garden. This photo shows a mass of different heathers (Calluna vulgaris, Zones 5–7). There are countless selections of heather, and you can see that diversity here in the different-colored flowers and foliage that make up this planting.
The ballroom terraces. If you are lucky enough to have dramatic rocks like this in the garden, then the best thing is to scale back on the plantings and let the natural landscape shine.
A scene from the cut flower garden highlighting a beautiful, berry-covered mountain ash (Sorbus sp. Zones 3–7). Mountain ash are incredibly beautiful but can also be prone to pests and diseases. They’re not for everyone, but when they look good, they are pretty amazing!
A fountain in the sunken rose garden, which features a classic, formal garden design.
The Victorian rose garden. This style of garden relies on formal geometric bed shapes and crisp, clipped hedges, which sometimes contrast dramatically with the looser-growing roses that fill those neat, tidy beds. It is a classic style, but one that takes a lot of maintenance to keep everything looking perfect and sharp. View our 15 tips for designing a gorgeous garden here.
They sure do grow trees huge in this part of the world. Look at how tiny those people sitting on the bench under this tree look.
Want to see more of these great gardens? Come back tomorrow for part 2!
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