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Paula’s Front Garden in Ottawa

Pulling a garden together with wreaths

front yard garden with birght red flowers growing in containers

We’re visiting Paula Brown’s beautiful garden today.

four different wreaths on a front door through the seasonsMy garden, in Ottawa, Ontario, is under a lot of snow right now, so I decided to talk about the creative wreaths that tie my garden together with color through each season. When my garden is waking in the spring, I am busily planning my color chart as to what annuals I will plant alongside my perennials. This dictates how I will build my wreath and what hues I will incorporate in it. I use as many natural products as I can, but as the wreath can be on my front door for months of southern exposure, I am limited in my use of living plants. I have been doing this since 2000, and each year seems to “grow” bigger, as it seems my creativity knows no bounds.

small front yard garden with many colorful flowersThe front garden in June is full of flowers, with all the colors echoed in the wreath on the front door.

close up of large rose bush with bright pink flowersThe rose is glorious in full boom in June.

front yard garden with birght red flowers growing in containersThe garden in late September is still full of flowers and color, though the rose is finished.

front porch covered in snow with wreath and other holiday decorThe garden at Christmas time, covered in snow, still has some color from the wreath on the front door.

frozen decoration made with garden clippingsI create a hanger each winter from gathered twigs, berries, conifer tips, and water that I allow to freeze. This hanger was inspired by music notes.


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    simplesue 02/16/2024

    Your wreathes and ice art is amazing!
    Such a happy looking garden, very cheerful, and wow what an amazing red rose growing near your front door!
    Do you know the name of that rose?
    Very talented, thanks for sharing and inspiring!

    1. Paula73 02/16/2024

      Thank you so much! Yes, that is a Baffin Climbing Rose!

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