New plant recos from blog Le Jardinet

Color, texture, form, movement as well as interaction with light, deer, rabbits and overall health – all are assessed when trialing plants Between testing plants for growers and having the opportunity to grow new introductions in my landscape or containers for photo shoots I consider myself incredibly fortunate. The sense of anticipation never gets old;… via…

A white painted wooden deck incorporating large trees creates a cooler backyard.

Growing a cooler backyard

When it comes to growing a cooler backyard, for once I’m not talking about edgy, eco garden design trends. As southwestern Ontario continues its record-breaking heat wave, gardening is now all about the temperature. And since last month (July, 2016) was the hottest month around the world in recorded history, I don’t think we’re alone in…

Bright green succulents and red roses contrast in a rock garden.

More rock garden ideas for gardens (and rocks) of all sizes

I had fun last year gathering ideas for how to rock your garden. There are a whole lot of gardeners out there creating gorgeous environments using stone they’ve either recycled from their own plot of land or brought in. Now, like collecting different coloured pebbles, I’m hooked on finding inspirations. Here are more DIY rock…

Great inspirations for rethinking your patio

This is a re-post from Le Jardinet Designs. I love the thought process that went into transforming this back yard.   I believe in designing gardens that are experienced, not just observed. When we purchased our 1960’s era home in 2009 it had the original concrete aggregate patio outside the back door – right outside.…