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Making a Welcoming Garden

Phlox, daisies, and other favorites

Today we’re visiting the garden of Lilian Morourke.

My favorite plants in summer have to be daisies and phlox. They put on such a show for most of the summer and into the fall. Along with my other favorites, my garden shows well the whole season. I like my garden to welcome people in. I live in Ontario and have been gardening for 35 years. The nice thing about gardening is that it’s forever changing—always fresh and always entertaining.

Lilian says that she likes her garden to welcome people in, and this certainly looks welcoming to me! The white arbor makes a beautiful entry, and the crisp green grass invites you to walk around and enjoy all the flowers along the fence.

Presenting a contrast to the bright annuals under wind chimes, a wheelbarrow reminds us that a garden like this, while a joy, is also a lot of work.

White shasta daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 5–8) appear through a see-through screen of an ornamental grass.

White shasta daisies and yellow brown-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 3–9) surround a bird bath.

White phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) mingling with white variegated grass and white shasta daisies make a beautiful backdrop to a low-maintenance container planted with colorful succulents.

A half-open gate with flowers peeking through just begs you to enter and see what beauties are on the other side.

Big masses of a white garden phlox, perhaps the variety ‘David’. I can almost smell it through the computer screen!

Romantic pale pink roses.

Any birds that moved into this little birdhouse would have about the most beautiful neighborhood imaginable, completely surrounded by beautiful flowers.


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  1. garden1953 07/25/2019

    Pretty, pretty, pretty! I love your gardens.

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    meander_michaele 07/25/2019

    Your color palette is so soft and dreamy...very appealing and Welcoming with a capital W.

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    treasuresmom 07/25/2019

    Gorgeous! I especially love how the gate & stepping stone welcome you into the space.

  4. Doxnmomx2 07/25/2019

    Love, love, love! My toes want to wiggle in your grass and my fingers want to touch your beautiful plants.

  5. btucker9675 07/25/2019

    So very pretty - love that palest pink rose and the dragonfly stepping stone especially!

  6. carolineyoungwilliams 07/25/2019

    Lilian, I really enjoyed strolling through your garden. It is very beautiful. Could you please tell me the name of the 2 shrubs this side of the half opened gate. Thank you for sharing.

  7. [email protected] 07/25/2019

    Lilian, can't begin to note all the things I like in your garden! Too many sweet things, I want to try them all! Thanks

  8. calliopegirl 11/15/2019

    I would love to add that white variegated grass to my sun bed. What is it? Thanks!

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