On this cold wintery day, we’re looking back to early summer when frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong was visiting Toronto and went on some garden tours.
Enjoy this beautiful, inspiring garden!
False indigo (Baptisia australis, Zones 3–9) is showing off its beautiful purple flowers. This native perennial can be slow to establish, but once it settles in it is long-lived, tough, and drought tolerant.
A beautiful planting in a small shaded area includes clouds of hardy geraniums (Geranium hybrid, Zones 4–8) showing off in the foreground.
Peonies (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) with huge flowers heavy with fragrant petals are carefully staked to keep from flopping.
This looks like it could be the popular variety ‘Festiva Maxima’, which was introduced in 1851 and is still popular and going strong thanks to the beautiful flowers, strong fragrance, and ironclad disposition.
The velvety silver leaves of Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ (Zones 8–10 or as an annual)
A potted succulent makes a living sculpture.
I love this planter, which is overflowing with white lobelia (Lobelia erinus, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) and a romantically soft pink tuberous begonia (Begonia hybrid, Zones 10–11 or as an annual).
A closer look at this container planting
Sometimes simple container plantings are the most effective. This little dianthus (Dianthus hybrid, hardiness varies by variety) with pure white flowers looks incredible filling this pot with bloom.
Shades of green look all the brighter here for the dark backdrop of a painted fence that provides privacy to the patio.
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Always so nice looking back at last spring and forward to the coming of the next spring!
Love those purple shades of False Indigos and hardy Geraniums!
Such a pretty little shaded corner of the garden with the curving brick and the shade loving plants!
Cherry, thank you for sharing. Great photos as usual.
I'm going to show this photo of false indigo to mine in the spring to encourage it! What a lovely garden this is - would love to spend time wandering and looking. Happy New Year to all!
I love seeing what grows in different parts of the world! Thanks
for sharing another of your visits to gardens!
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