August 5, 2021

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Making Paradise in Ontario

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Today we’re visiting Susan Featherstone’s spectacular gardens.

My husband and I purchased our home in Bradford, Ontario, 18 years ago. At the time we purchased it, it was approximately 30 years old, had never been updated (inside or out) and had no landscaping—only a couple of neglected shrubs and hostas. Over the years, we have updated the house and have turned our yard into a virtual botanical garden, complete with an outdoor kitchen, a three-season gazebo, and a “Zen” stream bed. We have added flagstone pathways through the gardens that would rival those in photos of Europe in any magazine.

After a long day at work, we enjoy spending many peaceful hours enjoying the fruits of our labors in our private oasis.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsAnnuals in containers on the top of the deck railing spill down to create curtains of color.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsCloser look at the flower-topped deck.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHealthy hostas carpet the ground with green, while a purple clematis (Clematis ‘Jackmanii’, Zones 4–11) covers the fence.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA wide flagstone pathway leads to the gazebo. Tall hedges and dense plantings create a private, lush paradise.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsFront gardens combine trees, shrubs, and perennials to make a colorful entrance to the home.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe narrow walk from the front to the back just hints at the beauty around the corner.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe inside of the gazebo is full of creature comforts—and a cat making itself exceedingly comfortable.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsAnnual flowers mix with herbs for a beautiful and practical planting.

Have a garden you’d like to share?

Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!

To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.

If you want to send photos in separate emails to the GPOD email box that is just fine.

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