>The week of August 17

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>Dahlias: Join head gardener Sandra Pella for Dahlia Daze on Tuesday August 25 froom 1-3 p.m. at the TBG.

The north side of the President’s Choice Show Garden has many varieties of Dahlias including Dahlia ‘Pooh’, an example of a Collerette flower-type. Here it is set of by Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight.’ Dahlias’ peak time for blooming is late August through September and they will continue into October until frost.


In the foreground and flowering now: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Huron Blush’ (Japanese Silver Grass) with the variegated Miscanthus sinensis ‘Dixieland’ (Maiden Grass) which will flower later in August through September.

Chelone Iyonii (Pink Turtlehead) Nature. A native plant which is also popular in white.

In the Water Garden West Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ (Perennial Sunflower). A giant sunflower known for its lemony yellow blooms on tall stalks.

Iin the Water Garden East Helenium ‘Rubinzwerg’ (Sneezeweed) with Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ (Black-eyed Susan). The Helenium is a good example of the hot reds, oranges and yellows that are prominent now in the garden.

In the Entry Garden Origanum laevigatum ‘Herrenhausen’ (Ornamental Oregano). A great plant for the perennial border which also makes a good groundcover when combined with other taller flowering plants such as Perovskia.

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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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