Friday, October 1, 2010

Pretty Front Garden, Glen Williams, Ontario




Located on the banks of the Credit River just north of Georgetown, Ontario, Glen Williams is a small, picturesque community that has grown up around the William's Mill. 



The historic Williams mill was lovingly restored in the 1990's and is now a thriving visual arts center with a working studios for artists and craftspeople. The mill also has a glass studio and gallery shop. 

The village of Glen Williams has many lovely homes including this one with its handsome front garden.



A flag stone path leads to an expansive front porch with lots of comfortable seating. Hanging baskets and two traditional urns packed with annuals add a color to the front entrance all summer long.



 As well as hydrangea, the front garden has iris, bronze heuchera and pink geraniums. A pagoda dogwood stands tall at the corner of the flower bed.


When it finishes flowering, the dogwood has the added bonus of deep navy fruit on bright red stems.


The home owner's favorite corner of the garden is this quite retreat at the side of the house. Here two clipped boxwood planters and a white arbor perfectly frame a classical statue. Pea gravel was used to create small courtyard.


A planting of shade loving hosta and ferns encircle the courtyard. 

14 comments:

  1. I love visiting Glen Williams and driving through slowly, enjoying all the beautiful homes & gardens.
    Lisa@SuburbanRetreat

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  2. That is a pretty one, I agree - it's interesting how often a simple harmonious scheme with well grown plants just works!

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  3. Dear Jennifer, Yes, this would be my choice too for a lovely garden. I loved the massed Hydrangeas and would, personally, have had even fewer companion plants. The small green garden is perfect in its simplicity.

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  4. I really like the courtyard, especially the statue. I am looking for a life size one, but they seem to be hard to find.

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  5. I love to see well kept old buildings with flowers. Somebody really takes good care of that place.

    Are the flowers still that nice in Ontario? I have seen other blogs from there and it seems like you all are still in summer.

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  6. The front garden is very important to make a first impression. I have been working on this subject rather than always thinking of borders. Great photos.

    Eileen

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  7. Thank you everyone for your comments.

    Sandy, this garden was shot earlier in the summer season. Generally it is still pretty green here in southern Ontario. We have not yet had a hard frost. I have some roses, sedum, mums, and a scattering of annuals still blooming in my garden.

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  8. Like stepping back in time ... a beautiful post. So enjoy seeing other gardens, so different from mine. Thank you for sharing and visiting.

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  9. That front garden looks awesome! I love the hydrangea.

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  10. I love the blue house. Not only is the house beautiful, but the owner has done a wonderful job with the garden. I love the hydrangeas along the front.

    You have a beautiful blog!

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  11. What a lovely garden. Next time I am in the area I'll have to look for this home. I used to go to Glen Williams to see the artists when I had my shop. Now I have another reason.

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  12. Stunning garden, I can't even choose a picture of comment on since they are all so beautiful. Great post!

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  13. That's so neat! I love vines. Someday I shall have some growing on my house like that. :D

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