Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Nov. 17-24

In the Entry Garden you will find:
Anemone x hybrida 'Robustissima' (Grapeleaf Anemone); this plant attracts wildlife to feed or nest; tolerates heavy clay soils; here the dark pink flowers have gone to seed

In the Floral Hall Courtyard:
Larix kaempferi (Japanese Larch); light green needle-like leaves turn bright yellow to orange before dropping in fall so that the shoots are left bare until spring

In the West View Terrace:
Bergenia purpurascens (Winter-red Bergenia) with Itea virginica 'Little Henry' (Sweetspire); Bergenia is incredibly hardy and reliably evergreen, excellent deep red fall and winter colour; the Itea (on the left) has already dropped its blood red autumn foliage

In the Floral Hall Courtyard:
Prunus maackii (Manchurian Cherry/Amur Chokecherry); a four-season tree for northern gardens, with lemon yellow fall colour; once leaves have dropped the bark holds its own a rich bronze to cinnamon colour, sometimes peeling like birch, and is stunning in winter

In the Entry Garden:
Molinia caerulea 'Moorhexe' (Moor Grass); attractive form and foliage for year-round interest, strongly vertical architectural flower spikes with great winter colour

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nov. 10-17

In the Terrace Garden you will find:
Cotoneaster nanshan 'Boer' (Creeping Cotoneaster); an excellent berry bearer with bright long-lasting orange-red fruit

In the Nature Garden:
Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea' (Golden Twig Dogwood); also commonly known as Yellow Twig Dogwood, this variety demonstrates its best winter colour when planted in full sun

In the Nature Garden:
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Flower), also known as Butterfly Milkweed, an Ontario native (North American wildflower) and a primary source of food for adult and juvenile Monarch Butterflies; orange or gold flowers turn to showy brown seed pods, shown here bursting with seed

In the Show Garden:
Pinus mugo 'Aurea Fastigiata' (Mountain Pine); a semi-dwarf Mugo Pine with light green needles turning golden in late and winter; Hardy to Zone 3

In the Show Garden:
Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' (Stonecrop) an award winning chartreuse ground cover, proving her year-round charm

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Nov 3 -10

With the coming of autumn as the leaves begin to fall, the "good bones" or structure of the garden are shown at their best, much of which depends on the choice of trees and shrubs.

In the Show Garden you will find:
Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' (Winterberry). Stunning bright red berries produced in profuse quantities hold well into winter

In the Show Garden:
Cotoneaster horizontalis var. perpusillus (Rock Cotoneaster). Bright scarlet berries over rounded dark leaves from late summer through fall; will withstand considerable drought once established.

In the Show Garden:
Spirea japonica 'Little Princess' (Japanese Spirea). Bright green leaves of summer change to red for fall; another pick that tends to hold its leaves late into the season.

In the Knot Garden:
Fagus sylvatica forma purpurea 'Cuprea' (Copper Beech). Paler leaves than the true Purple Beech, hence its name, and holds its leaves long into the fall and winter.

In the Entry Garden:
Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' (Smoke Tree). Dark red-purple foliage turns scarlet in autumn.