August 13, 2013

Lovers of bedding plants: get thee to James Gardens!

They're here for a good time, not a long time....


My client Dale lives near James Gardens in west-end Toronto. I've profiled/critiqued the use of annuals before in a post titled "Toronto's James Gardens, in Technicolor" and was curious to see what this year's annual beds would be like. 

If you like drifts of hot colours, you'd be happy here. I just feel sad that all these annuals will be trashed in a couple of months when frost arrives. (I admit my bias towards perennials and shrubs.)

 I do understand that the city has to give visitors and/or taxpayers a reason to visit and value for tax dollars: a big wow factor. And all these beds keep a small army of gardeners employed seasonally with watering, weeding, etc.

What's also noteworthy: I didn't see many pollinators!

Here are some pictures from my very brief visit before seeing Dale:



James Gardens annuals layers late summer by garden muses- a Toronto gardening blog
James Gardens annuals layers late summer by
garden muses- a Toronto gardening blog