Best Plants for the Ontario Garden
Gardening is supposed to
be relaxing, but not one of us has escaped panic when confronted with the
hundreds of plants at the local nursery. Everyone has wondered which
cultivar is hardier or will grow taller, or what annuals
will look better
with particular borders.
by Steve Whysall
a garden centre can be overwhelming, even for the most experienced
With 100 Best Plants for the Ontario
Garden, veteran gardening columnist Steve Whysall takes the pain out
of planting. He has collected a comprehensive list of no-nonsense
performers, complete with 100 photographs. These are plants that are easy
to find and care for, and plants that look good not for one month, but for
most of the year.
Each listing includes details on planting
and care, suggestions for good companions, and information on related or
similar plants. Steve reveals the characteristics of each of his choices
in a conversational, easy-to-read tone that will make this a favourite
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Most summer bulbs, with few exceptions such
as lilies, are not winter hardy. They can be lifted, stored for the winter
and re-planted the following spring. Or, if that’s just too much work
for the busy gardener, they should be treated as annuals.
A sunny location
Summer-flowering bulbs have few requirements when it comes to soil
type and nutrients. However, these plants cannot tolerate soil that is too
wet. Since most of them originate in warm, sunny habitats, lots of
sunshine is a definite must. An exception to the rule is the tuberous
begonia, planted in a partially shaded location, they will still thrive
and flower abundantly.
For the garden, patio or balcony owner in
search of that elusive ‘something different’, summer bulbs are sure to
more than fit the bill.
Source: Netherlands Flowerbulb Information