Explore the English Garden

Honesty Lunaria

Honesty Lunaria

Zone 5 - 9Height: 1 - 3 feetLight: full sun to part shadeBy: Meriel Bradley The Honesty plant is an easy to grow, low maintenance biennial. It will flower in the second season after planting, but it self seeds really easily, so once it blooms you get it into a cycle...

Garden Paths

Garden Paths

By: Meriel Bradley There are many reasons to include a garden path in your landscaping, but the primary objective is to guide you into and through your garden so you can experience and explore the beauty of your outdoor space. A path that works well will make your...

Daffodil

Daffodil

Zone 3 - 8Height: 12 - 18 inchesLight: full sun to part shadeBy: Meriel Bradley The sunny yellow blooms of daffodils are a welcome sign of spring and warmer weather around the corner. Daffodils grow from bulbs planted in the ground in the fall - just dig a hole 6”...

Crocus

Crocus

Zone 3 - 8Height: 3 - 6 inchesLight: full sun to part shadeBy: Meriel Bradley Crocus flowers are some of the first to appear in spring and are a great early flower for the bees as they come out of hibernation. They grow from corms and should be planted in the fall...

Dianthus

Dianthus

Zone 3 - 9Height: 6 - 12 inchesLight: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley The Dianthus plant shown here is also commonly known as "Pinks". Pinks typically form a very tight ball of blue - silver grass-like foliage topped with beautiful, often fragrant flowers.  The flowers...

Grosso Lavender

Grosso Lavender

Zone 5 - 10Height: 2 - 3 feetLight: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley The bees just love this lavender, as do the butterflies and the hummingbirds. It's a hybrid between the traditional English lavender and Portuguese lavender known as spike or broadleaf lavender. It has...

Golden Celebration Rose

Golden Celebration Rose

Golden Celebration Rose by David Austin.

Its incredible blooms displayed on elegant arching branches are one of the largest blooms found on an English rose.

It has a wonderful fragrance described by David Austin Roses as having a “tea fragrance” that “develops wonderfully combined notes of Sauternes wine and strawberry” so be sure to choose a location where you can enjoy its evolving perfume.

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

With its small nodding bell-shaped flowers, and a sweet perfume, Lilly of the Valley is a beautiful ground cover, but be aware that all parts are highly poisonous.

Foxglove

Foxglove

The foxglove produces stunning towers blooms with beautiful cascading flower bells that come in an array of colours. The brightly-coloured flowers that are tubular hold lots of nectar, which is particularly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Be careful where you plant them though, as all parts of this plant are highly poisonous.

Calla Lily

Calla Lily

The stunning architecture of the Calla Lilly pictured here coupled with the towering blooms of purple delphiniums, creates a an incredibly graceful and exotic display.

Mimulus

Mimulus

Mimulus is also known by its common name, Monkey Flower. Its bright orchid-like flowers will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. They prefer moist soil, so this is a perfect plant for areas in your garden that are damp or wet such as bog gardens or around ponds with afternoon shade in hotter climates

Mock Orange

Mock Orange

The mock orange as its name suggests is not a true orange, but it does have beautiful citrus scented blossoms. Some varieties are more fragrant than others so check with your local garden centre as to the best varieties for your garden and be sure to plant it where you can enjoy its fragrance.

Dukat Dill

By: Meriel Bradley I like to direct sow my dill in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked in late spring and the soil is above 10 C. It's considered an annual that self-seeds. If you're planting for harvesting, you can sow every 3 weeks or so to stager your...

Magnolia Blossom Sugar Snap Pea

By: Meriel Bradley This is a very pretty sugar snap pea bred by Dr. Alan Kapular. The vines grow to about 8 feet and produce light green pods with a purple stripe down the side. The flowers are a lovely two-tone purple making it a perfect plant for ornamental kitchen...

Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle

By: Meriel Bradley Growing up our garden was full of butterflies and bees and I am working to build out my garden from a new home build of nothing but a grassy lawn into a haven for local butterflies, bees, and birds. The Monarch butterfly is one of the most striking...

Potted Herbs for your Kitchen

By: Meriel Bradley This is a great project if you love cooking with fresh herbs through those cold winter months. You can plan to plant herbs in the garden during the summer to bring in during the cold months, or if you don't have any in the garden, look in your local...

Mandevilla Vine

Zone 9 - 10Height: up to 20 feetLight: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley The Mandevilla vine is a beautiful addition to your garden and can be easily grown in pots or planted in the ground to scramble up a trellis. These vines thrive in warm weather and are covered in blooms...

Growing Sunflowers

Planting: outside after last frostDays to harvest: 40 - 45Light: full sunBy: Meriel Bradley There is something truly magical about growing sunflowers and many reasons to grow them - here are some of my favourites: They are very easy to grow There are many varieties...

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