A staircase in a large woodland garden uses logs as treads

Upcycle stumps and logs for a rustic chic garden

Maybe it’s our depressingly dark, wet, cool June here in southwestern Ontario that’s inspired me to look at dead things with renewed interest. While the plants I’ve recently installed in the ground and in containers are already looking exhausted from repeated deluges, perpetually damp stumps and fallen logs are springing to life as generous hosts…

Close-up of Petunia Night Sky.

Three spectacular container plants new for 2017

Like the perfect T-shirt you reach for every May, you probably have your favourite tried-and-true plants you return to when it comes time to fill those patio containers. But, like that awesome pair of sunglasses you a) didn’t realize you had to have before you saw them and b) are wildly, mezmerizingly fabulous, here are…

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 browallia for full shade gardens has purple flowers.

Solo plants for lush patio containers

Here in southwestern Ontario, the Victoria Day long weekend, which falls on or around May 24th, is anticipated with guarded respect by gardeners. Not because this 3-day weekend also goes by the name May Two-Fer, referring to cases of beer, not the date. No, it’s because this weekend represents all that is soul-crushingly cruel about…

A bright, fast growing container recipe with calibrachoa

Splashes of pink in a lush, fast growing container

When Proven Winners sent me some Superbells® Holy Moly!™ Calibrachoa hybrids to trial last spring (2015), my first thought upon opening the crate filled with potted plants was “Wow! These are well named.” With bright yellow petals covered in splashes of neon pink, the flowers practically glowed. In a container planting, these  plants need to…

Plant for a container recipe featuring aura

Recipe for a super bright container planting

Sometimes an eyeball-searing circus of a container planting, including super bright flowers that appear to be swinging through the air on upside down trapezes, is exactly what’s needed. Maybe you just want to give your front walkway a jolt of vibrant colour. Or maybe you’re not getting the whole chic-one-colour-planting trend (like the purple container recipe…