Frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong took a trip to Toronto recently and got the chance to tour some beautiful gardens. And, lucky for us, she took a lot of beautiful photos.
I attended the Through the Garden Gate Wychwood garden tours offered by the Toronto Botanical Gardens. The garden description from the tour brochure says this: “This pretty front garden is an example of symmetry with boxwood squares complemented by topiary shrubs. The back garden is separated by a greenery-covered arch. Potted and soil-based plants abound. Note the fence is stained black which allows the plants to recede, thus giving the impression that the garden is completely self-contained.”
A row of tuberous begonias (Begonia hybrids, Zones 9 –11 or as annuals or tender bulbs) sets the scene on a garden table.
Sometimes a container with just a couple of plants in it is perfect.
What a spot for a dinner party!
Steps leading up to the house, with plants in containers
Beautiful containers set off this collection of plants, while the mirror behind them makes the space seem bigger than it is.
You don’t need a big garden to make a beautiful space. This perfect container is a garden in itself.
Layers of plants add height to the garden
Tall urns lift up blooming hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) to make a dramatic gateway to the next part of the garden.
Native Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Zones 3–9) transforms these arches into a leafy tunnel leading to a shady spot to sit.
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