Evans cherry in fine fall form

What a beautiful day it was yesterday!  I got out and cleaned up the garden a little but I didn’t touch this area because I like to leave sedums and grasses standing over the winter. And plus they still look so good!  The Evans cherry trees were still green until a couple days ago.



These trees were just planted this spring.

Click here and scroll down to see how this garden area has evolved.


late October colour in the Courtyard Garden

What a beautiful week-end!  I’m doing a little tidying up in the garden but there is still so much to enjoy.  The butterflies seem to agree and are still hanging around the catmint:

The heliopsis is still blooming too:


Here’s the ‘regular’ heliopsis in front of a Bailey’s compact Virburnum shrub which I planted particularly for its fall colour:


And another Bailey’s compact shrub a little closer to peak redness:


fall foliage – my Hot Wings maple

One of the first things I did this spring was plant a maple tree.  Granted, it’s not got the big old Canadian-flag-shaped leaves that cast deep, dark shade that I remember and love from growing up in southern Ontario, but it has more fall colour than a poplar, which is one of the things I was going for.  I’m looking forward to seeing brilliant red keys (samaras) on it next year.


for the record: fuchsias and begonias in the garden


I don’t tend to plant many annuals but the occasional spot in a shady and/or hard-to-grow area is the perfect place for a showy display of annuals in a pot.  The fuchsias and begonias seemed happy in the shady spots in the side garden and by the back door and are still looking good at the end of September.  I would definitely plant them again.

two statuesque, scented, butterfly-attracting plants for fall awesomeness

It’s always bittersweet when the bugbane and the joe pye weed start flowering.  They are two of my favourite plants and I have to wait almost all summer for their beautiful flowers and sweet scents.  But their flowers mean summer is over.  Let’s hope for a long, warm fall!

Purple bugbane: IMG_0980

and Joe Pye Weed:


And while we’re at it, the Bee Balm and Sedum Autumn Joy look pretty good in fall too:


To get a wider view of the garden areas these plants are in, see today’s other post.

The Orchard Garden after 1 year

new house exterior

This garden has been totally recreated since we moved in last September.  You can’t tell from the top picture but those are four old gnarly old lilacs, which had been pruned on one side because they were too close to the garage so they were lopsided and seemed to be dangerously leaning over the lawn.  This spring the lilac roots got dug out and I planted two little Evans Cherry trees instead – they are planted at an appropriate distance so you will always be able to walk on the sidewalk without hitting your head.  Having always lived in older houses, this is one of my pet peeves: trees and shrubs planted without accounting for their mature size!!!  What a waste.

Here’s the back half of the garden a little closer up:


I especially wanted a garden in this area because it’s what I look at from the kitchen window.  Here’s the kitchen view:


Ahhhhhh. Much better.