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GPOD on the Road: Toronto Garden Tour

Containers transform this small space into a lovely garden

container with pink flowers and bright green foliage

Frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong took a trip to Toronto recently and got the chance to tour some beautiful gardens. And, lucky for us, she took a lot of beautiful photos.

I attended the Through the Garden Gate Wychwood garden tours offered by the Toronto Botanical Gardens. The garden description from the tour brochure says this: “This pretty front garden is an example of symmetry with boxwood squares complemented by topiary shrubs. The back garden is separated by a greenery-covered arch. Potted and soil-based plants abound. Note the fence is stained black which allows the plants to recede, thus giving the impression that the garden is completely self-contained.”

garden table with containers full of annualsA row of tuberous begonias (Begonia hybrids, Zones 9 –11 or as annuals or tender bulbs) sets the scene on a garden table.

container full of orange and pink flowersSometimes a container with just a couple of plants in it is perfect.

garden table with views of the garden aroundWhat a spot for a dinner party!

home steps with container plantsSteps leading up to the house, with plants in containers

skinny table with a row of container plantsBeautiful containers set off this collection of plants, while the mirror behind them makes the space seem bigger than it is.

container with pink flowers and bright green foliageYou don’t need a big garden to make a beautiful space. This perfect container is a garden in itself.

stone fountain filled with plantsLayers of plants add height to the garden

bright pink hydrangeas in containers on pillarsTall urns lift up blooming hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) to make a dramatic gateway to the next part of the garden.

garden arches covered in plantsNative Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Zones 3–9) transforms these arches into a leafy tunnel leading to a shady spot to sit.


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    treasuresmom 07/01/2022

    Everything is so lovely.

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/01/2022

      Me too!

    2. perenniallycrazy 07/01/2022

      It truly is!

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    JanetInCwood 07/01/2022

    Fabulous garden. Love everything about it.

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    simplesue 07/01/2022

    I love this garden with all of it's vintage/antique garden pots and marble top tables, stone pillars, urns- wow!
    (My only criticism, although gorgeous is the mirror...birds get confused and fly into them- it can be deadly for them)
    So far this has been my absolute favorite Cherry Ong Garden Tour! I googled and found a photo of this garden from above here:
    This garden has the feeling of age and time, I'm just in love with it and what I can see of the house.
    So glad Cherry Ong shared this- Thanks! So inspiring!

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/01/2022

      This garden is indeed on the cover of their tour ad. There were 15 gardens in this tour and each had a different flavour and feel. I learned a lot from the tour. I’m glad you love this garden. Thank you.

  4. btucker9675 07/01/2022

    Simply beautiful - love the ornaments, tables, etc. Lovely!

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