An Elevated Toronto Garden

OK then, let’s visit another of the gardens included in the Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling. This one was located on a bluff near Lake Ontario, northeast of downtown.

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Arriving in the front garden, the first thing I noticed were the lovely clumps of Iris.

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The second thing I noticed was that this was an entire lawn of thyme. I loved the soft-looking mounds of tiny leaves. I wanted to roll on the thyme just to see how it felt and smelled, but I restrained myself since I don’t want to be barred from future Flings.

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Going around to the back garden, I was struck by a Baptisia with bright yellow flowers – maybe ‘Carolina Moonlight’? Β An exciting plant, in any case, and so upright!

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Clearly the gardener here has a soft spot for the fuzzy purple flowers of Thalictrum.

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I liked this metal hummingbird. Wouldn’t The Metal Hummingbirds be a good name for a band? Even better: The Iron Hummingbirds.

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When you come into the back garden you are actually in a sort of elevated terrace overlooking a steep slope and a lower garden. I’m generally not fond of weeping trees (just grow up, I want to tell them), but that weeping purple beech has a certain charisma.

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Sadly the poppies were not quite ready to bloom. This one looks like it is peeking to see if the coast is clear.

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Pulling back a little from the edge of the garden, you can see that Salvias are a go-to plant here.

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I like this creeping thyme creeping between and onto stepping stones.

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Here’s a view of the lower garden, a small grass lawn surrounded by native shrubs and trees.

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Plantings on the slope utilized lots of Hardy Geranium, among other low-growing and ground-covering plants.

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To reach the lower garden you use this terraced path. We wondered how they got the lawn mower up and down.


If you’re yearning for those sweet days of June – fear not. I still have plenty of Toronto gardens to show you from the 2015 Garden Bloggers Fling.

37 Comments on “An Elevated Toronto Garden”

  1. I like this garden a lot Jason. Lovely contrasts of tone and shape. I really like the fourth photo with snaking box edging and soft foliage contrasting. I love the thyme lawn too. Maybe you could have had a little discrete roll! I’m glad you have more summery photos to show us throughout our winter πŸ™‚

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