Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Beryl Ivey Knot Garden and Nature's Garden

This week I return in a series of photographs to the Toronto Botanical Gardens. 

Nature's Garden is an area of the TBG devoted largely to native plants.


My picture makes it look modest in size, but in reality, this was a very grand urn.

Begonia 'Yadev' (Million Kisses)

Coleus, Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Rustic Orange'

Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Little Henry': Rudbeckia subtomentosa or Sweet Coneflower is native plant found in an area that runs from the midwestern states into Texas. It is a tall, upright plant with quilled yellow flowers with brown centres. 'Little Henry' blooms from midsummer into fall and is attractive to butterflies. It will grow in a range of soils types and tolerates moist to fairly dry growing conditions. Full sun or light shade. Height: 80-90 cm (30-35 inches) Spread: 55-60 cm (20-23 inches) USDA Zones: 4-9

The Beryl Ivey Knot Garden is a contemporary twist on a traditional knot garden.

Great Blue Lobelia or Cardinal Flower, Lobelia syphilitica and Lobelia syphilitica 'Alba'

A mix of cream and pink varieties of Echinacea.

A pretty pink Sedum for which I could not find an identification tag.

Tall white Nicotiana spills over the clipped hedges in the Knot Garden.

Nicotiana with Cone Flowers (Echinacea), Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) and a variegated Miscanthus in the background.

The small trial gardens at the TBG.

An unidentified cultivar of Agastache.

Gaillardia aristata 'Gallo Fire': 'Fire' has red-orange flowers on a compact mound of light green leaves. Full sun. This is a plant ideal for normal or sandy soil with dry growing conditions. Its hardiness is still being confirmed, but 'Fire' is likely to be hardy to zone 4. Height: 20-30 cm (10-12 inches) Spread: 30 cm (12 inches) USDA Zones 4-9.

A colorful mix that includes: Dipladenia, Mandevilla 'Rio', Guara, Guara lindheimeri 'Belleza Early Pink'Anise-scented Sage, Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue', Greek Basil, Ocimum x citriodorum 'Pesto Perpetual', Trailing Petunia, Petunia "Surfinia Heavenly Blue', Fan Flower, Pink Ivy GeraniumPelargonium 'Balcon Pink'Spurge, Euphorbia hypericifolia 'Breathless White' and Curly Parsley.

Pelargonium 'Balcon Pink'

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue': has deep cobalt blue flowers and is a tender perennial that blooms from July to frost. Full sun to light shade in rich, loamy soil. Height: 60-90 cm (20-35 cm), Spread: 60-90 cm (20-35 cm). This cultivar must be propagated from cuttings. Hardy Zones: 8-10.

Up shortly are a couple of long overdue posts on my own garden. I also am working on a blog post with more of my experiments with drying flowers.


  1. What a marvelous Botanical garden! Such a beautiful series of captures.
    Have a nice week.

  2. An amazing garden with some beautiful combinations.

  3. As I sit here looking at a gray cold day. I am cheered by your beautiful photos. It has been many years since I have been to Canada and the TBG but I remember how lovely it was. xo Laua

  4. It is so wonderful to see all of this color here, Jennifer.
    We are "all gray" now, so this is a special treat, and as always your photographs are so beautiful.

  5. What a beautiful tour, Jennifer. I love the small trial garden. P.x

  6. What a lovely garden, colourful and thoughtful laid out.

    I loved the grand urn, such a big statement, would have loved to have a garden where I can have something like that. Over here in London, urns like that is a big tradition – that is if you have a suitable garden for them, not a postage stamp garden like mine :-)

  7. Goodness!!! Look at that sea of goldenrod!!! This garden is so stunning!! I am going to have to go back and look at the plant combinations again!! I love when you do posts like these!! Lovely week to you Jennifer! Nicole xo

  8. All of the native plantings are so beautiful. And you really excel at photography. As always, your photos are gorgeous. This post have given me a few ideas for the "wild" area of my garden and I am definitely leaning toward native plants for this area.

  9. your pictures are so much appreciated at this time of year - when I look out of my windows I see only winter pansies and the green of the lawn - spring seems so far away and we have an awful lot of weather to get through before then!

  10. Now this was refreshing and lovely to see here today since it's cold and snowy here right now.

  11. How beautiful ....seeing this on a cold windy November day worked wonders. I absolutely loves all the planting and have fallen in love with the knot

  12. What a urn, Jennifer! I love it! I try to plant my flowers in big urns as well, but mine aren't as big as this one. I see this urn was made of many plants, sometimes they are not compatible but here they look well.
    Beautiful garden, thank you for sharing!

  13. I really like the abundance of bees in your photos :) Clearly the plants appeal to the insects as well as people. I had no idea Toronto had a botanical garden but now I'm putting it on my list of things to do next time I visit. Looks like a gorgeous garden.

  14. Wow, the urn is fabulous! Your photos demonstrate how lovely a garden can be while still relying heavily on natives. The pollinators appreciate it, and so do the people!

  15. It's such a joy to see all this beauty and color in November! :) Exquisite!

  16. Hello Jennifer girl !
    What a gorgeous tour .. I love to see all the plants identified, that helps me make a list ? LOL
    Your header picture is outstanding ... that intense red with the gold foil is eye candy let alone those sweet lilac ? flowers
    I don't think I have seen nicotiana that tall before .. I love the fragrant kind but never seem to find any here.
    Hyssop is a must in my garden .. the bees and I love it so for that anise fragrance .. mine is getting on to 14 years old .. how old can they get because I am in awe of this plant ! haha
    Love seeing the golden rod .. it is such an Autumn flower .. speaking of which there is a new short compact intensely flowering helenium that I will be on the look out for .. have to find the name again.
    Wonderful tour girl .. it is a balmy -5 ... it was -11 when I got up so we are going in the right direction ? haha
    Joy : )

    1. Joy, Those are lilacs in my header today, as well as forget-me-nots and violets. There are a number of shorter Heleniums you might want to look for. There is Helenium 'Short 'n' Sassy' and Helenium autumnale Mariachi 'Fuego'. Here is a link to the post I did on Heleniums:

  17. Hi, Jennifer!
    I love your garden despite of it's smaller now, it's sad! Lovely phlox and malva, I also love Echinacea and roses. You ask what rose is this, so I think it's rose Grootendorst, very hardy and thorny one. I have 2 species of them.


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