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Fresh Fall Plants (Part III): Fillers and Spillers

11 Nov

What a gorgeous Fall season we are having! Crisp, cool and sunny mornings have often turned into breezy warm afternoons with the sweet scent of fallen leaves and wood burning fireplaces.  Believe it or not, your garden is still not done for the year.  The latest installment of my Fresh Fall Plant video series highlights some great Fall plants to add to your Fall containers or garden bed.

Like always, I’ve showcased care-free, easy-growing yet striking accompaniments to your Fall garden. Enjoy!

– Sedum
– Ornamental Peppers
– English Ivy
– Heather
– Dusty Miller

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Red hot for Fall!

7 Nov

We often rely too heavily on flowers to deliver pops of colour in our garden.  Every Fall we watch the spectacular show of vivid reds, burnt oranges and golden yellows that many deciduous plants put on display.   Here are my 3 favorite plants that provide relentless red colour for your garden!

1. Burning Bush or Winged Euonymous (Euonymus alatus)

No other bush provides such intense scarlet red and purple-reds every Fall.   This shrub grows up to 8′, often wider than tall and can handle heavy pruning to maintain a smaller form. It works perfect in a grouping to form a hedge or as stand-alone specimen as well.  The stems are odd-looking with  four corky ridges or “wings” which adds further interest to this bush.

Burning Bush, Euonymous alatus

2. Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

A Canadian staple for any sub-urban yard or larger landscape area, Red maples provide the iconic harbinger of Fall in Ontario.  Be sure to provide this tree plenty of room  as over time it will grow up to 25m tall!

3. Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

If you love the colour of Red Maples, but don’t have the space, consider a Japanese maple.  The unique form, delicate and often colorful leaves and smooth gray bark give Japanese maples year-round appeal. These graceful trees work in traditional landscapes as well as theme gardens. There are more than 300 cultivars! With so many options, it’s easy to picture one of these serene beauties in your landscape. My fav is Japanese Maple ‘Inabe Shidare’ shown here.

Fresh Fall Plants: Part 2 Ornamental Grasses

3 Nov

Every Fall, ornamental grasses  strut their stuff by delivering bold vertical impact in your garden.  Part 2 of my Fresh Fall Plants video series highlights some of my favorite  ornamental grasses that will provide a dramatic effect to any container or garden bed.  Grasses featured include:

1. Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis)
2. Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum, native to Canada)
2. Blue fescue (Festuca glauca)
3. Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium, native to Canada)
4. Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘nigrescens’)
5. Golden Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’)

Fresh Fall Plant Ideas

25 Oct

Are you looking for fresh ideas for your Fall containers and garden beds? My new Fall video series highlights some of my favourite plants  to give your garden the extra ‘umph’ it needs!

‘Ray of Light’ in your late summer garden

24 Aug

It’s sad but true, we are closing in on the last few weeks of summer. ..but don’t fret!  I know the perfect plant that will keep your garden bright, playful and full of  “sun.”

Consider the very easy-to-grow Black-eyed Susan.   This perennial comes in several varieties of yellow/golds which will bloom continuously from July through October.  They also attract butterflies  and other pollinators to your garden so you’ll have playful visitors to brighten your day!

For a more relaxed cottage look, consider the native variety called Three Lobed Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba). Local butterflies will show their love by fluttering in droves to this new addition in your garden.

Native Variety - Three Lobed Coneflower

Growing Tips

– Sun, sun, sun!

– Soil: perfect for less fertile soil (sandy) and make sure there is good drainage

– To promote blooming, remove spent flowers (gardening term= deadhead)  to encourage new blooms to develop

Learn about other pollinator and late summer perennials by watching this video.

Are those peppers?!? Yup, it’s time to refresh your summer containers.

4 Aug

It’s already August and one of two things may have happened to your lovely garden containers.

1. The heat wave a couple of weeks ago did a number on your plants.  Most survived, however others look like a wilted salad.

OR

2. They are looking good but some of the annuals are blooming less frequently.  Perhaps a slight “face-lift” is needed?

This 1 minute video will highlight some plants that are frost tolerant (not frost proof) so that your containers will keep their sexy look into October.

Late Summer Container

Plants included are:

– Ornamental Pepper ‘Calypso Rouge’

– Ornamental Pepper ‘Black Pearl’

– Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’

– Scaevola aemula

Tulips that last!

20 Mar

Sustainable DIY Fresh Flower Tip
Everyone loves fresh-cut tulips in the spring… but they simply just don’t last!
Instead, for the same price, buy a planted tulip pot from your local grocer and in under 5 minutes you can easily transplant the bulbs into any type of container you like — a vase, glasses or even mugs and bowls. 

 Personally, I highly recommend glass vases because it reveals the bulb itself and really interesting root structure.  Add some stones or pebbles and you’ve created a little work of art.

The result? Fresh and modern tulip creations that will last weeks instead of day.  
Stylish, sustainable…. perfect!