Garden Tour with Cherry – FineGardening


Today, frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong is taking us along on a garden tour she was able to go on in June. The tour was part of a four-day plant-study weekend organized by the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, and the tour visited some beautiful gardens near Vancouver, Canada.

Other than the hardscaping, all of the work was done by the owner, who spent countless hours creating this incredible garden.

close up of garden bed with vastly diverse foliageA torrent of color explodes from this beautifully diverse foliage, but the bright gold foliage from Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ (Zones 3–9) steals the scene.

garden path cutting through lush shade plantingsA narrow path winds through lush, perfectly healthy plants.

close up of paperbark maple treeThe wonderful peeling bark of a paperbark maple (Acer griseum, Zones 4–8)

lawn with stepping stone path and perfectly edged garden bedsAreas of perfectly manicured grass provide contrast to the lush borders.

roadside garden bed planted with lush foliage plantsThe little strip of ground between the sidewalk and street is often forgotten, but in this garden it is also planted up beautifully. What a great way to spread the joy of gardening!

another view of roadside garden bedAnother view of the garden space between the sidewalk and street

Japanese maple with deep red foliage in the middle of a floral garden bedThe dark foliage of this incredible Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) looks all the more dramatic for the light-colored plants dotted around it.

narrow strip on side of house with concrete path and various plantsNo space is too small to make a garden! Narrow, shaded beds are perfect for ferns, hostas, and Astilbe.

close up of foliage plants in various shapes and texturesSilvery Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’, Zones 3–8), with silver-spotted lungwort (Pulmonaria, Zones 3–8)

chartreuse ornamental grass growing over a stepping stone pathJapanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9) tumbles beautifully over the edge of a garden path.


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