Paul’s Plant Picks

It’s show time! And <i>Helleborus niger</i> ‘Maximus’ ready for its close-up.

It’s show time! And Helleborus niger ‘Maximus’ ready for its close-up.

After months of winter, the days are getting longer and the temperature finally feels like it is on the rise. Could spring be in the air? Well, based on all the chatter and music from the singing...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Paul’s Plant Pick: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

While falling snow makes commuting a challenge, I always welcome snow in the weather forecast because it is very, very important for our gardens, not only to insulate plant material but also to...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: Gardens of Change

Paul’s Plant Picks: Gardens of Change

... through the seasons and throughout the day We often read about how well designed gardens should offer many points of year-round interest. Since starting my biweekly Paul’s Picks, I have done...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: A surprise of beautiful foliage even in winter!

Paul’s Plant Pick: A surprise of beautiful foliage even in winter!

Growing through the needles and among the fallen cones of the weeping white pine (Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’) in the Westview Terrace, one might be surprised to come across the tropical looking...

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Paul’s Pick: Stop and Enjoy Mother Nature’s Special Magic

Paul’s Pick: Stop and Enjoy Mother Nature’s Special Magic

Last week, while desperately trying to keep up with my emails, I caught the reflection of falling snow on  my computer screen. When I turned around, I was delighted to see large snowflakes beginning...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: Imagine! Blossoms on December 14th!

Paul’s Plant Pick: Imagine! Blossoms on December 14th!

As always, there are a number of items I could highlight in the garden this week. Choices and decisions! While shooting the winter pruning video with my very creative co-horts Stefan and Jenny,...

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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 Pick: <em>Heptacodium miconioides</em> (Seven Son Plant)

Paul’s Plant Pick: Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Son Plant)

This is very special garden specimen (aka Seven Son Flower) that although in cultivation after its discovery in 1907, is sadly very rare in its native environment of central China. Habit loss...

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