Paul’s Plant Picks

Paul’s Plant Picks: First Sighting…

Paul’s Plant Picks: First Sighting…

I'm thrilled to report that while touring a group through TBG this week, I spotted not one, but two monarch butterflies (at the same time). The first sighting of the pair was in the Perennial Border....

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Paul’s Plant Pick: A Native Gem, <i>Geum triflorum</i>, Prairie Smoke

Paul’s Plant Pick: A Native Gem, Geum triflorum, Prairie Smoke

Geum triflorum, Prairie Smoke. In the distance are clumps of Camassia leichtlinii, a western native that will soon add a riot of star-shaped, blue-purple blooms on 60 to 90 centimetre (two to three...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: Anticipating things to come…

Paul’s Plant Picks: Anticipating things to come…

Personally, I get very excited watching the buds of trees and shrubs slowly swell, expand and eventually burst into blooms. Viburnum farreri 'Nanum' is currently budding at the edge of the Westview...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: Could it be?

Paul’s Plant Picks: Could it be?

Desperate for a sign of spring, I've been carefully combing the gardens at work and at home for any indication of the coming season. It's been a long and bitterly cold winter, especially when we...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: Edible Antiques

Paul’s Plant Picks: Edible Antiques

As we shovel out from yet another dumping of the white stuff and the piles get higher and higher, I can't help but wonder when, and if, spring will ever arrive. Well, eventually we know it will. A...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: Great Bones

Paul’s Plant Picks: Great Bones

Planning for a Winter Garden Tour Who would have thought that at this time last year select Helleborus and Erica in the TBG gardens had visible buds and flowers bravely poking through the snow...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: The Season’s First Snow Fall

Paul’s Plant Pick: The Season’s First Snow Fall

I have always considered evergreens (conifers) to be the backbone of a garden as they provide both year round presence and interest. They vary greatly in size, shape and colour, offering a vast array...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: New Additions and a Sad Farewell

Paul’s Plant Picks: New Additions and a Sad Farewell

Although the fall garden is rich in a blaze of beautiful golden, orange, red and burgundy tones, I continue to have a soft spot for white, even in autumn. One plant that will reliably put on a show...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: A Fruit-full Season

Paul’s Plant Pick: A Fruit-full Season

As both night and daytime temperatures continue to cool, the garden reveals yet another of its features; an abundance of fall fruit and berries. This seems to have been a wonderful year for fruit set...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: A Bright New Star in our Garden

Paul’s Plant Pick: A Bright New Star in our Garden

Although I have traditionally not been a big fan of the colour pink in the garden, I confess that I was immediately drawn to Anemone hupehensis ‘Pretty Lady Diana’ when I first saw it at Blooms...

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