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The Walshes’ Garden in Ontario, Part 2

Decades of gardening work pay off

wide view of garden in fall

We’re in Simcoe, Ontario, today, where Linda Walsh is sharing photos of a beautiful garden that has been almost 40 years in the making.

Suminagashi Japanese maple with brilliant red foliagePart of having a mature garden is incredible mature tree specimens—like this absolutely breathtaking ‘Suminagashi’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Suminagashi’, Zones 5–9). All Japanese maples have great fall color, but this variety takes it to another level.

small redbud tree covered in pink flowersIn the spring, a redbud (Cercis canadensis, Zones 5–9) shows off with tiny pink flowers.

bright pink Rhododendron in the middle of the gardenIn this view out into the garden from a distance, a PJM rhododendron (Rhododendron hybrid, Zones 4–8) catches the eye with a huge display of pink flowers.

koi pond and surrounding pantingsA Japanese maple grows at the edge of one of the koi ponds. The white flowers in the background are from a flowering dogwood (Cornus florida, Zones 5–9).

close up of spring flowering treesThe flowering trees on the left with the yellow flowers is the native cucumber magnolia (Magnolia acuminata, Zones 5–9).

Weeping copper beech with dark foliageWeeping copper beech (Fagus sylvatica, Zones 4–7) has dark leaves that contrast with those around it.

close up of lace cap hydrangea with purple flowersLacecap hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) have more-delicate blooms than the mophead type.

large planting of Annabelle hydrangeasAnnabelle hydrangea (Hydrangea arboresecens ‘Annabelle’, Zones 3–8) is a double-flowered selection of the species that is native to much of eastern North America.

close up of Limelight hydrangea‘Limelight’ hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, Zones 4–8)

wide view of garden in fallWhat a magical spot!


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    vanhatalosuomi 03/22/2024

    Beautiful photos all. Your photo of the annabelle hydrangeas is why I dislike them in my own garden. I started with 100 hydrangeas, a nearly 50/50 split of both annabelle & limelight. After 10 years, I wish I had only gone with the limelight. The stronger stems of the improved annabelle varieties make all the difference, so I'm told - no flopping mops after a rainfall! Wish I had those instead!

  2. sandyprowse 03/22/2024

    Fellow Canadian from Toronto here to say your trees and shrubs are breathtaking. Our growing season is shorter than our neighbours in the more southern states but we surely enjoy it when that occurs. I came to the conclusion that It is hard to comment on just one photo as each one is fantastic in its own right however I think Beech trees are amazing with their colouring, partiuclarly this weeping Beech. Thanks for posting this beautiful garden. Outstanding.

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    simplesue 03/22/2024

    Having a mature garden is every gardeners dream, your's has aged beautifully!
    I had no idea those pretty Annabelle Hydrangeas were native, interesting to learn, I will share that info with with my neighbor who is growing them!
    I do love this garden of yours, have you named your garden? Seems a more common practice in UK, I think a nice custom!

  4. Oxdriftgardener 03/22/2024

    Totally awestruck with that Japanese Maple. That is my biggest disappointment with the Zone that we live in, that I can't grow a Japanese Maple in my Japanese Garden.

  5. gardendevas 03/22/2024

    Glorious and inspiring gardens! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. btucker9675 03/22/2024

    WOW..... that huge Japanese maple in all of its glory and that marvelous weeping copper beech especially. WOW!!!

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    treasuresmom 03/25/2024

    Absolutely stunning.

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