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More from Lorraine’s garden in Ontario

This is a very large perennial border that is always changing. (I have already changed it this July). In this photo there is a border of Oxalis triangularis, Iris pumila 'Baria', veronica, erigeron, delphiniums, Persicaria polymorpha, and 'Fangio' Asiatic lily. Look at all that white clover in the lawn. The rabbits love it and they never touch our plants. 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE! Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts

Last Friday we visited Lorraine Roberts’ gorgeous garden and nursery in Caledon, Ontario (refresh your memory HERE), and I don’t think I was alone in wanting MORE PHOTOS! Lorraine obliged, and here they are.

Delphinium elatum ‘Morning Lights’. They will re-bloom if you cut the old blooms off in July. Photo: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts

Lorraine says, “For me, gardening is a very magical experience. There is always something of beauty to discover and it is always changing. As a grower of perennials, my addiction to plants is being fulfilled by offering our display gardens to bus tours and our customers at Plant Paradise Country Gardens.”

Still beautiful, Lorraine. I really want to visit now!

Verbascum ‘Summer Sorbet’ blooms all summer and is still blooming in October. This is a new, winning addition to the perennial border. Photo: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts
Oxalis triangularis. I love purple and the day this photo was taken it doesn’t show the very light pink blooms that continue blooming until frost. These do not winter over in our Zone 5 climate, so these very small corms are dug and stored in peat moss indoors and then replanted in May directly into the ground. The flowering shrub at the front is a Daphne ‘Carol Mackie’. Very far in the distance is Vernonia novaboracensis with an echo of purple blooms. Photo: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts
This is a portion of a very large shade garden that I expanded this June (which is not shown). In this photo: Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, Brunnera ‘King’s Ransom’, primula, and great Solomon’s seal blooming in the back with Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’. This garden receives a couple hours of morning sun so I added some Camassia leichtlinii on the left which just beginning to bud. Photo: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts
Four years ago we created this garden in front of a wildflower meadow I had created. Alyssum ‘Basket of Gold’ (not in bloom), Euphorbia ‘First Blush’ (not in bloom), Shasta daisies, Echinacea ‘White Swan’ and Echinacea purpurea, Heliopsis ‘Summer Sun’, Eupatorium ‘Little Joe’ (not in bloom), Agastache ‘Blue Fortune'(not in bloom), Vernonia novaboracensis (not in bloom), Spiraea vanhouttei (not in bloom) and many others. In the background are Miscanthus giganteus grasses in between a stained glass window my husband and I created many years ago (It was in our old bathroom window and is now mounted in a wood frame and posts). This whole area was originally just a meadow of wildflowers. To the left of the photo you can see the meadow backdrop. With all the perennials I grew from seed I would plant them into nursery beds and then I would replant some of them into the wildflower meadow. The roots would be large enough to compete with weeds and never require watering. Photo: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts
Shade combination of Heuchera ‘Green Spice’, Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ and Hydrangea ‘Twist and Shout’ Photo: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts
I love all Heuchera, but my all time favorite is Heuchera ‘Paris’. It blooms from June until frost in sun or shade. I placed it here to pick up the pink colour of the stone. Photo: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts
The texture and colour of Eryngium ‘Big Blue’ contrasts beautifully with Euphorbia purpurea. Photo: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts
Colchicum ‘Water Lily’ blooming in October within a sea of Veronica ‘Georgia Blue’ which blooms in May-June. Photo: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts
Everyone needs a garden angel (of some kind or other). Photo: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts
This is a mass planting of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’. Photo: Courtesy of Lorraine Roberts

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    meander_michaele 10/17/2012

    The abundant beauty of Lorraine's gardens leave me (almost) speechless...there is so much appealing color and texture and wonderful combinations. I also appreciate the little artistic additions that bring a smile.
    Thank you so much for being so conscientious in providing exact names for the pictured plants...very informative and helpful.

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    meander_michaele 10/17/2012

    The abundant beauty of Lorraine's gardens leave me (almost) speechless...there is so much appealing color and texture and wonderful combinations. I also appreciate the little artistic additions that bring a smile.
    Thank you so much for being so conscientious in providing exact names for the pictured plants...very informative and helpful.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 10/17/2012

    Beautiful, as well as an informative post. The heuchera with the stone is a great combo. I had meant to comment last time you shared your garden that I actually love clover in the lawn! Thanks for sending in more pics.

  4. tractor1 10/17/2012

    A cornicopia of flowers! I only wish the lighting was better, would be magnificent had a sunny day been chosen.

  5. GreenGrowler 10/17/2012

    Meander1 said it best - a perfect mix of color, texture, and plant combinations. And maintained so meticulously,especially for such a large property. Thanks for the wealth of inspiration, Lorraine.

    Vojt: I love clover in the lawn, too - as do the plethora of bunnies in my yard.

    tractor1: Your story of the cabin is wonderful; I understand why Patricia could not part with it, yet there would not have been a better steward of such a historical home than you.

  6. Sheila_Schultz 10/17/2012

    Thanks for more pic's! Love the Brunnera 'King's Ransom', I'm going to have to check that one out. Looking at your willow furniture reminded me of how much I miss mine... we had several pieces for 20 years in IL, but they died of thirst in dry CO!

  7. pattyspencer 10/17/2012

    I would kill for a garden like that!!!!!!! Stunning!!!!!

  8. tractor1 10/17/2012

    GreenGrowler: Teddy Roosevelt's grand daughter was Patricia A. Manetsch. I never met her in person or even spoke with her on the phone. All correspondance was through the realtor and by snail mail. Her big thing was that she didn't want to pay the capital gains tax. I offered to pay it but she simply didn't want there to be any tax levied on the sale of that property... I tried mightily but couldn't persuade her to sell. It was listed at only $100K, I thought it was a bargan. I even promised her I would leave it as I found it, no improvements. There was no indoor plumbing, just an outhouse. Water was from a spring. In warm weather refrigertaion was a wooden box built into the spring. Heat was a wood burning cook stove. I haven't been back, I assume the cabin is still there, or so I'd like to think. It was a beautiful property, virgin forest, never been logged.

  9. tractor1 10/17/2012

    This is the view from the porch of that Montana cabin. At the time all I had was a simple film camera, so I took three shots thinking some day I'd stitch them together to make a sort of panaramic view, and tonight was the night. My scanner was only able to capture two photos, and some was cropped out by the Fine Gardening software, so this was the best I could do. If you click on my name a new window will open that has a larger view.

  10. tractor1 10/18/2012

    For a better view put this into your browser:

  11. Annek 10/18/2012

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!,,

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