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Making a Beautiful Garden in Zone 3

Great gardens can be made in any climate

Today’s photos come from Marion Taylor, who gardens in a very cold climate in Manitoba, Canada, but doesn’t let that stand in the way of growing beautiful plants.

I receive your Garden Photo of the Day and enjoy it, but I don’t think you have had a Zone 3 garden. Mine may not be the best example, as I’m no expert. Also, because the backyard is dog territory for the huskies who dig and roll in gardens, I only have beds in the front yard, and I don’t do vegetables. There are nine lilac bushes in the backyard, all different types due to my love of lilacs.

The photos are of flowers that have bloomed to date this year, although a few photos are older because they are of a better quality than what I took this year. We live on the main street of town, and there is foot and vehicle traffic past the house all the time. Part of what I do is to try to give people something beautiful to look at during their busy day.

Double flowering plum (Prunustriloba ‘Multiplex’, Zones 3–8)

Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris, Zones 3–7) peek out from the backyard, which is totally fenced in so that the dogs cannot get out.

These apple blossoms are from a Goodland apple tree that is 20 years old and produces year after year. The apples are good for eating and are scrumptious in baking.

This peony was transplanted from my parents’ garden several years ago.

A bee enjoys one of the ten lilac bushes.

Tulips are the first to bloom in the spring and are eagerly anticipated.

‘Gingerbread Boy’ iris (Iris ‘Gingerbread Boy’, Zones 3–8) is always the first iris to bloom.

I love the simpler roses. This one, ‘Chinook Sunrise’ (developed in Morden, Manitoba), is beautiful.

‘Bill Reid’ rose is one of the Canadian Artists series developed in Morden. All the roses I have were developed in Canada for our conditions.

These lilies (Lilium, Asiatic hybrid group, Zones 3–8) have been incredible, multiplying and putting on a show every spring.

My ‘Eyeliner’ lily (Lilium ‘Eyeliner’) is new this year and so beautiful.

I’ve killed two clematis and am so pleased that this ‘Jackmanii’ clematis (Clematis ‘Jackmanii’, Zones 3–8) is doing well in its third year.


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  1. nwphillygardener 08/02/2019

    Beautiful blooms, well-photographed. Thank you for an uplifting start to the day.

  2. Vezpasia 08/02/2019

    What a lovely job you have done in a difficult zone, I too love lilac and your plum tree is stunning. I too live in Canada in Collingwood in Ontario, not nearly as far north as you and also love to garden, thank you for sharing yours!

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    treasuresmom 08/02/2019

    Oh, my, love that flowering plum.

  4. wittyone 08/02/2019

    That Chinook Sunrise Rose is totally gorgeous. I've got to get me one of those for sure!

  5. toweringpines 08/02/2019

    Another interesting informative post. Thank you.
    Love learning about what grows in other areas of North America.

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    meander_michaele 08/02/2019

    You have certainly done zone 3 proud, Marion. I'm sure your front yard garden beds are very much appreciated by your neighbors and give people a reward for taking a daily walk. I love the artistic presentation of the clematis and I'm so glad you have found a variety to survive and thrive.

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    simplesue 08/02/2019

    Ahhh so beautiful! I enjoyed your garden tour!

  8. Cenepk10 08/02/2019

    How about that ! We can grow many of the same plants ! I’m in 7b. We can’t grow lilacs- but a friend of mine who lives further south has a 30 yr old lilac ( he’s still in 7 b but always a week ahead of me bloom wise) Absolutely fabulous Iris. And wonderful about roses for your climate. Wondering how long your growing season is. I can’t imagine being in such a cold place. ( except in really hot El Nino years !!! )

    1. RB2T 08/02/2019

      Hi, our growing season is 90 days, basically June, July and August. I was born here and the winters are cold, but I do not do well in the heat.

  9. [email protected] 08/02/2019

    Enjoyed seeing some Zone 3 gardening! I will plant some lilacs for the first time this fall, and enjoyed seeing yours. But that beautiful lily (white w/ pink) is breathtaking! Thanks

  10. user-7008248 08/02/2019

    Loved seeing your Zone 3 Manitoba garden! There is a similar growing season here on the high plains of Montana, in addition to alkaline clay soil and semi-arid conditions. Makes me appreciate the plants that thrive, like iris and lilacs, all the more.

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