A Wildlife-Friendly Garden in Toronto
So here’s another garden we got to see during the Garden Bloggers Fling in Toronto. This was a small private garden in the Don Mills area. The owner had removed all the lawn in front and replaced it with a mix of small trees, shrubs, and perennials.
It was not exclusively a native plant garden, but the plants had been chosen for their appeal to birds, pollinators, butterflies, and other critters.
In a drier area of the front, Achillea and Salvia make a fine combination (looks like ‘Moonshine’ and ‘Caradonna’, but I don’t know for sure).
A dry stone stream bed was both practical for directing rainwater and very attractive.
A nice clump of Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium) is positioned to take advantage of the extra moisture.
A happy-looking Baptisia.
What is this plant with the pink flowers bunched around the stem? Is it Phlomis?
There was just enough lawn in the back garden for humans, but also lots of wildlife-friendly features. This part of the garden is full of woody plants that yield small fruits attractive to birds.
I’m not very fond of painted trees, but I do like how the blue here combines with the red-purple foliage behind it.
I definitely liked this shady partnership of unknown golden grass or sedge with purple-leaved Ligularia.
I never did find out who the subjects of this portrait were, but it’s fetching.
An attractive and creative stand for a bird bath.
The back steps to the house.
And we shouldn’t forget the vegetable garden that took up a sunny spot in the back. It was full of leafy greens and herbs. There were also some tomato plants that looked like they had been set out just recently.