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Mary’s Ontario Garden

Today’s photos are from Mary in Ontario.

We built our home in 2008. Our gardens have evolved over the years.

The perennial garden is fun to watch go from flat to full and lush. In the winter there is 3 to 6 feet of snow on it. We love the fall color from the maple trees, yellow cedars, and burning bushes.

I love when the sun lights up the Japanese maple in the afternoon. The Quickfire hydrangeas are one of my favorite performers for all-year interest. There is always something new or different to learn, and we get so much enjoyment from our hard work. I like that there are different levels and growing conditions. We have full-sun areas, wet-shade areas, and dry and hot spots. I have fresh cut flowers from May to November.

Early spring, with the garden still mostly asleep

light pink Oriental poppies in front of various foliage plants in springOriental poppies (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–7) preside over the lush spring garden.

view of the garden with few plants in bloomAnother view of the garden in spring, with the oriental poppies in the foreground still in tight bud.

colorful foliage in the garden in fallThe glorious colors of fall

early summer garden with lots of pink flowersLate spring/early summer, with big clumps of peonies (Paeonia hybrids, Zones 3–8) looking stunning

view of shrubs in lawn in shadeDapple shade on perfect lawns looking lush and inviting in summer

summer garden with shrubs and annual flowersAnnuals provide pops of summer color, while a hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8) in the background shows off its full summer floral display.

pink hydrangea in fallQuick Fire hydrangea living up to its name as it blushes red along with the foliage of the trees in the background

small round garden with shrubs and small treeA perfect island bed set in the lawn

wide view of the garden and patioWhat a magical space to sit and enjoy the Canadian summer!

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