November 07, 2019

Downtown Toronto's Garden District Courtyard Fall Cleanup

Hosta La Vista, I Hardly Knew Yew


Repetition in the garden can be a good thing, from a design perspective. The technique can reinforce a specific story, theme or message. However repeating the same two types of plants (yews and hostas) in over a dozen raised beds doesn't tell me any story (at least, one that is compelling.)

Maybe you will have better luck in determining a narrative!



Downtown Courtyard Toronto Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Downtown Courtyard Toronto Fall Cleanup Before 


I've been hired once again for a fall cleanup of the raised beds in this condo's inner (secure) courtyard. While the raised beds have a wonderful and organic free-flowing feel to them structurally, it's all wasted with mundane plantings which scream "landscape contractor discounts!" Continuous use of yews, hostas, spirea, and euonymus certainly reduce the need for fine gardening maintenance labour. (I believe the custodian trims the yews into meatballs, UFOs, gigantic matcha macarons, etc. Perhaps it's his one chance to express any on-the-job creativity, who knows?)


Downtown Courtyard Toronto Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Downtown Courtyard Toronto Fall Cleanup After 


But, as usual, I digress. These pictures primarily tell the story of my fall cleanup efforts which mainly comprise of cutting down (soon-to-be) dormant hostas, raking leaves from the beds and removing weeds growing from my last cleanup visit in the summer. There's no dedicated gardener aside from the custodian as the plants are left to their own devices. Since most of the perennials and shrubs are mature and enjoy the automatic irrigation system during the hottest days of the summer, the plant material is quite healthy.

But visually boring!




Downtown Toronto Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Downtown Toronto Fall Cleanup Before 


Downtown Toronto Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Downtown Toronto Fall Cleanup After


Toronto Downtown Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Downtown Fall Cleanup Before


Downtown Toronto Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Downtown Toronto Fall Cleanup After

Downtown Toronto Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Services Company
Downtown Toronto Fall Cleanup Before 


Downtown Toronto Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Services Company
Downtown Toronto Fall Cleanup After 


Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup Before 


Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup After 


Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup Before 


Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup After 


Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Services Company
Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup Before 


Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Services Company
Garden District Toronto Fall Cleanup After 


Garden District Toronto Fall Courtyard Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Garden District Toronto Fall Courtyard Cleanup Before 


Garden District Toronto Fall Courtyard Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Garden District Toronto Fall Courtyard Cleanup After


Toronto Downtown Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Downtown Fall Cleanup Before


Toronto Downtown Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Downtown Fall Cleanup After


Toronto Downtown Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Services Company
Toronto Downtown Fall Cleanup Before 


Toronto Downtown Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Services Company
Toronto Downtown Fall Cleanup After 


Toronto Garden District Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Garden District Fall Cleanup Before


Toronto Garden District Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Garden District Fall Cleanup After 


Toronto Garden District Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Services Company
Toronto Garden District Fall Cleanup Before 


Toronto Garden District Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Services Company
Toronto Garden District Fall Cleanup After 

Toronto Garden District Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Garden District Garden Cleanup Before


Toronto Garden District Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Garden District Garden Cleanup After


There's plenty of potential to create "pollinator oases" by removing some of the yews and putting in colourful and functional native perennials and shrubs. It just takes money to design, install and maintain these interesting pockets, money which the condo management company would likely not like spending. You know the saying, "if it ain't broke,...." 


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