Perennials

Paul’s Plant Pick: Does it Flower all Season Long?

Paul’s Plant Pick: Does it Flower all Season Long?

One of the comments I most frequently hear when I do presentations or lead a garden tour is, ‘‘I want a perennial that blooms all season.’’ Personally, this has never been a real selling...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: Beauty before Flowers

Paul’s Plant Pick: Beauty before Flowers

Echinacea ‘Solar Flare’ in the Entry Garden Walk I find it very exciting to watch flower buds develop and emerge through the foliage in the garden. Such is definitely the case with coneflowers...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: <i>Penstemon</i> ‘Dark Towers’

Paul’s Plant Pick: Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’

This week’s beautiful, but dark, star in the garden. Last Friday, as I walked through the gardens I was joined by a number of American Goldfinches darting about, a song sparrow singing its...

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Top 10 spring plants

Top 10 spring plants

These spring flowering plants put on a stunning display in the gardens of the Toronto Botanical Garden. Perennials Eranthis hyemalis(Winter aconite) Zone 3 [caption id="attachment_3936"...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: Still Looking Great: <em>Bergenia</em> ‘Magic Giant’

Paul’s Plant Pick: Still Looking Great: Bergenia ‘Magic Giant’

Here is a Bergenia, commonly know as pigsqueak, which seems to be on steroids. This extra-large-growing selection first caught my attention in the Sweetpea's display at Canada Blooms last March. I...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: Fine and Bold Textures in Every Season

Paul’s Plant Picks: Fine and Bold Textures in Every Season

My passion for foliage wins out for this week’s pick from the TBG gardens. Although I do love flowers, I must admit that I love leaves even more. This week, I have chosen to highlight a great...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: Unlikely Partners and Colour Echoing

Paul’s Plant Pick: Unlikely Partners and Colour Echoing

Earlier this season I spent time admiring the assorted patches of Opuntia, winter hardy prickly pear cactus, that were blooming in our Mediterranean terrace garden. Recently I had to stop again, this...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: <em>Viburnum dilatatum</em> ‘Henneke’ Cardinal Candy

Paul’s Plant Picks: Viburnum dilatatum ‘Henneke’ Cardinal Candy

This has been a great autumn for dazzling fall colour in the garden. Each day I stop and take in the beautiful vistas throughout the TBG gardens, Edwards Gardens, and the surrounding ravine system....

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Paul’s Plant Pick: <em>Tricyrtis formosana </em>‘Dark Beauty’

Paul’s Plant Pick: Tricyrtis formosana ‘Dark Beauty’

As the cool nights of autumn set in, we gardeners are reminded that the main growing season is drawing to a close. However,  passionate plantsmen know that the garden is not coming an end. A...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: Calamint

Paul’s Plant Picks: Calamint

Calamint (Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta)  This week I'd like to highlight a wonderful herbaceous perennial that is slowly becoming available through local garden centres. Calamintha nepeta ssp....

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