Does that tree have leaves under the snow?

We may be in the dead of winter, temperatures have dipped as low as -40C with the windchill in my neighbourhood but there are still leaves on many of the trees – in fact the tree in this photo is in my front garden! These trees, which include Oaks, Beeches and Hornbeams are known to…

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018

Pantone has released their colour of the year for 2018 and it is one of my personal favourites. This year, plan to see lots of “Ultra Violet” on the shelves of your favourite home décor stores, hanging in your favourite boutiques and yes, in your local garden center! Purple is a colour I use a…

Perennial of the Year 2015 – Geranium xcantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’

   Every year the Perennial Plant Association names a Perennial of the Year, and for 2015 that choice is ‘Biokovo’ Cranesbill (Geranium xcantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’) Cranesbills are amongst my favorite perennials for the garden. Their profuse blooms and excellent mounding habit make them a sure win in the garden! I’ve been known to sneak Cranesbills into my garden…

Creating Curb Appeal

Whether you have a new home or you have been in your home for a number of years, creating curb appeal is an important part of your homes features. Curb appeal can: Invite buyers to your home Bring your personality outside Extend your inside style outside According to Landscape Ontario, landscaping your home can increase…

Where is Spring?

 No winter lasts for ever. No spring skips its turn. – Hal Borland Spring officially arrived two weeks and in pouring through photos from the past few years I know that spring does actually show its face before the end of March. This photo from 2012 shows my Crocuses in full bloom this same week yet,…

Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year – Marsala

Pantone‘s color of the year for 2015 is Marsala Pantone describes Marsala as “An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication”. Thinking about this years color of the year I first wondered how it was incorporated into the garden, but right away I realized that Marsala is an earthy tone, one the we would naturally…

Finally, a sign of spring!

We had a lot of snow here in Central Ontario, a LOT of snow! And it seems like it has been taking forever to melt, as I look out my window I still have alas of my lawn and gardens completely under snow cover. Today as I looked out my office window I was shocked…

Common Landscape “Design” Mistakes

When I speak to people about the benefits of landscape design or why I feel so strongly about this important step in the landscape process, I am often asked what I see on sites that has been done incorrectly, or without the proper “know how” that could have been avoided by using the services of…

Top Four Reasons You Need a Landscape Design

4) Landscaping is a major renovation – a scaled landscape design will allow you to get quotes from contractors and give you a plan that your contractor (or yourself) can actually work from. 3) A landscape design can be helpful if you require permits – many municipalities require permits for various types of work such…

Highlights from my Visit to Canada Blooms

For me, spring arrives when Canada Blooms comes to town. If you’ve never been to Canada Blooms, it is a garden show for the senses! From the smells of the fresh soils, mulches and of course the flowers to the sounds of everyone talking of the upcoming garden projects and talking plants in every corner to…