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Award-winning Grimsby gardener Susan Gemmill took a desig Top and bottom images: Betty Stanley’s Toronto garden overflows with flowers right into fall.


tional plants and scoured the garden centers for native plants and grasses but she kept her favourite irises and her blanket rose, which blooms almost continuously as long as it is deadhead- ed. She also created a dramatic stream- bed landscape feature with garden fabric, buried boulders, and fine gravel, using coarser gravel on the edges. “It fills with water after each rain and wild- life visit it.” “Fertilize weekly if you want it to


grow big,” Betty Stanley says, refer- ring to her traditional annual garden in East York. “I make my own manure tea and use it to water.” Her program works. Her castor beans are 10 feet high and her annuals are a mass of colour throughout the season. Betty also believes in early-bird shopping and getting to the garden when it is cool. But her best advice is: “Love your garden.” Dominique Viau and Bob King


believe in teaming up with nature. Their priorities were to protect the envi- ronment and reduce labour by planting cornflowers, black-eyed Susans and native plants. “Nature does most of the work.” In Grimsby, Susan Gemmill took


Wendy and Bob Chrystian’s one-day course to get it right. They took pictures of her garden and reviewed how to polish the design. Following the advice she received, Susan added upright blue junipers, Alberta spruce, boxwood, yellow cedar mixed with grasses and hostas for texture and balance. “I am the queen of moving plants.” Susan tweaks the garden balance regularly.


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