This is the first long weekend of the summer season here in Canada. Yippee!
Diehard enthusiasts like myself have already been gardening for a while, but for many Canadians the Victoria Day long weekend is the traditional time to finally get digging. The danger of killing frosts have passed and it is usually safe to begin planting tender annuals and tomatoes.
So for those of you heading to the nursery or garden centres for the first time this season, here are a few ideas to get you inspired:
Plant something pretty: Bee Balm, Monarda 'Marshall's Delight'
My favourite new plant of last summer: Dwarf Calamint, Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta
Plant something fragrant: Thyme or Lavender (below)
Create something whimsical
Think outside the box when it comes to container plantings
Plant a fruit tree...
even if you have a small yard.
Add some interest to the edges of your flowerbeds. This gardener neatly edged the grass and then she added a trough of pea gravel. Stones mark and elevate the permitter of the flowerbeds and...
low growing succulents keep the whole thing looking tidy.
Don't forget to think about adding some late season color with ornamental grasses and late flowering perennials like sedum, phlox and rudabeckia.
Plant some old fashioned annuals that nobody else in the neighbourhood has thought off.
Don't forget to plant some Morning Glories
and maybe some Cosmos.
Some sunflowers would be nice too.
Have a great weekend!