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Valerie’s Greenhouse and Cutting Garden in Canada

A natural disaster takes trees, but leaves room for a fabulous flower garden

cutting garden at sunset

Hey GPODers! If you’re savvy on social media and your IG feed is full of gardens that make you say, “How do they possibly do it??” You might recognize today’s submitter, Valerie or @cottageandblossom. Today we’re looking at her enviable greenhouse and gorgeous cutting garden:

We built our greenhouse/garden house 2 years ago. Just after completion of this project, we had a hurricane in the fall that toppled 7 mature maple trees in our garden. We then put in two split rail fences and built a cutting garden in the now all sunny side and back yard.

Last year was the first year for the cutting garden and I grew everything from seed and used dahlia tubers as well. I was blown away by what I created simply through seeds. The garden is predominantly zinnias, dahlias, cosmos, sunflowers, scarlet runner bean on the trellis, nasturtium around the base of the flowers and hydrangea shrubs along the fence.

I also have grasses, allium and several climbers on the greenhouse such as grapevine, climbing hydrangea and ivy.

Thanks so much!

garden at sunsetThat fabulous moment when, your plants match the sky! The sunset is putting on a spectacular show in this photo, but Valeries garden is giving it a run for its money.

cutting garden at sunsetAnother sunset a little earlier on in the season, and the garden was still sporting fabulous colors and textures (I’m a sucker for some foliage, so a few less flowers never bothers me).

raised bed cutting gardenA closer look at Valerie’s raised bed cutting garden shows off its abundance and attention to detail. Putting up some raised beds really is as simple as loading up your truck with lumber or buying a high-quality kit. However, when some real thought is put into the placement and arrangement of your raised beds you can create a space that is productive, looks great, and is enjoyable to work in.

raised beds in around house and greenhouseBecause who wouldn’t want to spend all day harvesting and pulling weeds in this space?

colorful mums in front of greenhouse in fallBefore that harsh Canadian winter rolls in, Valerie’s picturesque greenhouse is the perfect spot to admire some mums and the last of the season’s flowers.

view of mums and greenhouse from porchEven as the season wears on and the colors start to fade, there is plenty of beauty to be seen from Valerie’s porch.

zinnias in front of greenhouseA cutting garden staple, Valerie had a fabulous year with her zinnias. This appears to be a mix of ‘Zinderella Peach’ (Zinnia ‘Zinderella Peach’, annual) with common zinnia (Zinnia elegans, annual).

alliums and hostas in front of greenhousePurple and green are one of those color combos that almost never go wrong. Alliums pair perfectly with a variegated hosta and get a extra pop of color from light pink columbine.

inside stylish greenhouse

A greenhouse even more beautiful on the inside than it is on the outside I know I just said I would spend all day toiling in Valerie’s gardens, but she might have to pull me out of her greenhouse first!

Thanks for sharing your wow-worthy garden with us, Valerie! Be sure to give her a follow on Instagram: @cottageandblossom


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    user-7007816 07/03/2024

    What a wonderful transformation. Love the greenhouse. Thank you for sharing.

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    treasuresmom 07/03/2024

    Wow! So pretty.

  3. janetsydoruk 07/03/2024

    Amazing. A treasure to see. Thank you.

  4. btucker9675 07/03/2024

    Once again, I am green with garden envy... Everything is just perfection!

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    simplesue 07/05/2024

    Just amazing and then to add even more amazing that you grew it all from seed!
    What an amazing garden and cut little green house - playhouse!

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