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Violet’, nepeta mussini and Allium giganteum, each comes in and out of bloom consecutively throughout the season, ensuring the garden always looks great.

previous year’s growth is cut down in the spring, it’s set on the grass on the boulevard, mulched with a


powered mower (the company is Bull- frog Powered so even the electricity is green!) and put directly back on the garden as mulch. Rainscaping is a huge part of the

landscape with all the paths being permeable and covering infiltration trenches (glorified French wells), along with rain barrels, and drought-tolerant plantings. The parking pad has been expanded to include an infiltration zone and water that runs off the old asphalt drive is channeled, via a grate across the end of the drive, into a rain garden. The front yard features an evaporation pond, designed, first, to be beautiful and second, to clean and hold rainwa- ter channeled off the roof. It evaporates away an impressive inch per day. It’s a rare raindrop that escapes this garden. The garden is designed to be light-

hearted and fun – to provoke joy and relaxation, and to push the boundaries of artistic comfort; all the while helping our beautiful planet Earth. K Sean James is a graduate of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture and owner of Fern Ridge Landscaping & Eco-consult- ing. He’s been speaking publicly and writ- ing about eco-gardening issues since the early 90’s. He’s also the Chair of Landscape Ontario’s Environmental Stewardship Committee and several other eco-commit- tees. There are species in our world that need our help and our gardens are a great way to offer that help.

Plants don’t all have to be native to do good. The white-flowered, native big-leaf aster is great for dry shade as are varieties of non-native monkshood and both are great for pollinators.

Attracting birds to the garden helps control pests and adds beauty. Beautiful Gardens 2015 • 19

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