Alice’s Front Garden in Canada

Today Alice Fleurkens is sharing her Sweaburg, Ontario, garden with us. We’ve visited Alice’s garden before, so if you’d like to see more, check out these posts: Good Friends Make a Great Garden and Fall to Winter.

front yard garden bed with shrubs and amaranthThis corner of the garden has a pretty spectacular display from an incredible ‘Molton Fire’ amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor ‘Molton Fire’, annual). It has dark leaves on older growth, but the new growth turns brilliant red as the plant matures. It makes a long-lasting and colorful statement in this garden.

garden bed with blue ageratumThis stretch of the garden in summer is punctuated by blue ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum, annual), which make masses of fuzzy blue flowers all summer long.

Alice has mixed shrubs, perennials, annuals, and even some kale to create a beautiful and diverse garden.

front yard garden with lots of evergreens in fallAlice’s front steps in the fall include shrubs that provide structure and color all year, while pots of flowers add pops of seasonal color.

unique homemade birdbathThe scene by those steps has changed since last fall, as Alice took out a large shrub at the corner to show off these rocks more and then made a nice space for this interesting and unusual birdbath she made out of items found at Goodwill.

clump of gold and burgundy tulipsThis lovely clump of tulips with dark burgundy flowers edged in gold looks like it might be the variety Tulipa ‘Gavota’ (Zones 3–8).

small tree covered in white flowersThis beautiful flowering tree is actually in the neighbor’s yard, but it provides a beautiful backdrop for Alice’s own garden.

front yard garden in springOne last shot of the front steps and surrounding garden as they look in the spring, with tulips blooming and lots of promise of a summer of beauty to come.


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