What’s In Bloom: The Frost Series Nov 4, 2011

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Hakonechloa macra (Japanese forest grass) in the Entry Garden Walk; Touched by a light frost this ornamental grass looks better than ever reflecting the morning light and maintaining the strong green colour it’s known for – I never have favourites but among the Hakonechloas this is mine!

Hakonechloa macra with light frost on the grass blades, changing to water droplets as the sun melts it.


Origanum laevigatum ‘Herrenhausen’ (Ornamental oregano); True to form in the Entry Garden Walk, each plant shines under a covering of light frost only highlighting that there are far more attributes here, not strictly flower colour.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Krinkled White’ (Peony) in the Entry Garden Walk; The flowers of peonies are fleeting but well worth the day they are in bloom, however it is the foliage that lasts & lasts.  The previous night’s frost only compliments the now brown foliage.

Thalictrum ‘Elin’ (Meadow rue) in the Entry Garden Walk in early November; Fresh light-green foliage is complimented by the tall flowering stalks this cultivar is grown for.  They hold up well under rain and have changed to a vibrant yellowish-orange colour.

Geranium wlassovianum (Hardy geranium) as ground cover in the Entry Garden Walk, this geranium is truly a four-season plant.  The foliage holds up well all year, including when stressed by drought.  The night frost outlines each leaf providing contrast to the variety of colours: green, orange, red, and yellow can all be found here.

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’ (Witch hazel) in the Arrival Courtyard; This native large deciduous shrub has excellent fall colour and winter interest.  Look closely to see the flower buds pressed to the stems which will open in late winter.

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’ (Witch hazel) leaf detail outlined by frost in early November.

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Sandra Pella about the author: Sandra Pella

Sandra Pella has worked as Head Gardener of the Toronto Botanical Garden since 2008. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and upon graduation worked in the financial sector until the pull of plants was too much to resist, whereupon she found herself at Janet Anderson Perennials (formerly JEA Perennials) as a horticultural technician. She has been the Perennial Manager at Summerhill Nursery & Floral followed by the Assistant Horticulturist at the TBG prior to its renovation. Sandra worked as a Gardener for two seasons with the City of Toronto as well as seasonal Gardener for the TBG prior to being named Head Gardener. She is self-taught in the field and thus greatly appreciated the experience a gardening internship in 2009 at Great Dixter in the UK brought to her. Sandra has a regular What’s In Bloom blog and is one of the spokespeople for the TBG.

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