September 21, 2013

Some fall blooming perennials (no Rudbeckia here!)

Extend your Toronto garden's seasonal interest by growing these perennials


The start of autumn is just around the corner but these perennials apparently haven't received the memo and are blooming profusely around zone 5-6 Toronto right now. Some are common as nails (e.g. Sedum) but others perhaps are new to you and worth your consideration to extend your garden's interest as long as possible. I took these pictures coming from a client's house around her neighbourhood:

It really is such nice time of the year. Temperature and humidity are at more civilized levels for working outside and the tree leaves are just starting to change.


Serenade Japanese anemone x hybrida Fall blooming perennials Garden muses--a Toronto gardening blog
"Serenade" Japanese anemone x hybrida 


Sedum Autumn Joy Fall blooming perennials Garden muses--a Toronto gardening blog
Sedum "Autumn Joy" 


September Charm Japanese anemone x hybrida Fall blooming perennials Garden muses--a Toronto gardening blog
"September Charm" Japanese anemone x hybrida


Toad lily Tricyrtis hirta detail Fall blooming perennials Garden muses--a Toronto gardening blog
Toad lily (Tricyrtis hirta) blooms in detail 


Yellow sneezeweed Helenium autumnale Fall blooming perennials Garden muses--a Toronto gardening blog
Yellow sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)


Autumn crocus Colchicum autumnale Fall blooming perennials Garden muses--a Toronto gardening blog
Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)


Honorine Jobert Japanese anemone x hybrida  Fall blooming perennials Garden muses--a Toronto gardening blog
"Honorine Jobert" Japanese anemone x hybrida 


Honorine Jobert Japanese anemone x hybrida detail Fall blooming perennials Garden muses--a Toronto gardening blog
"Honorine Jobert" Japanese anemone x hybrida blooms
behind some switch grass seedheads


September Charm Japanese anemone x hybrida detail Fall blooming perennials Garden muses--a Toronto gardening blog
"September Charm" Japanese anemone
(Anemone x hybrida "September Charm" bloom in detail



Turtlehead Chelone obliqua Fall blooming perennials Garden muses--a Toronto gardening blog
Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua)
You can see some very happy turtles!


Actaea Cimicifuga simplex Brunette Snakeroot bugbane fall flowers by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog.
Cimicifuga simplex ‘Brunette’
(Black Bugbane/Snakeroot)




Aconitum carmichaelii arendsii Autumn monkshood by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Aconitum carmichaelii arendsii
(Autumn monkshood)









By Paul Jung, author of "garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog"
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September 14, 2013

A Tale of Two Toronto Gardens

An Ecological and Formal Garden: And Never the Twain Shall Meet?


First, let me apologize for the lack of posts lately, dear reader. I've been (still) very busy at work, weeding and pruning here and there for my clients across Toronto. Most of the tasks are mundane but some of the settings are not. By coincidence, I tended two gardens back to back and wanted to share the stark differences I discovered between the two.

The first one is completely ecological in philosophy and practice. The owner has chosen only native perennial and shrubs in the design (aside from two veggie beds) and will not use pesticides at all. These are non-negotiable!

Some highlights showing the biodiversity and visual interest on a sunny late summer's day:

Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis ecological gardening by garden muses-a Toronto gardening blog
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) in a rain garden