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GARDENS BY THE BAY
East Garden with Ornamental Grasses

Welcome to our Gardens by the Bay. We've been creating gardens on Georgian Bay since 1992 and hope you'll take at look at what we've done. Enjoy your visit and come back often to sample the information available at the numerous links below. And don't forget to sign our Guest Book at the bottom of the page before leaving our site.



VISIT OUR GARDENS

Click on each image to link to the story of the garden whose name appears.

Our View of Georgian Bay Corner Garden Construction Corner Garden Planting Long Garden

East Garden North Garden Hosta Garden Our Gardens in Winter



PLANT PARTNERSHIPS

* Watch for the animated hummingbird and butterfly with plants that attract them. *
The deer icon indicates plants that deer are not usually attracted to.

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This is the place to find perfect companions for all your bulbs, perennials and ornamental grasses. From echoes to accents, from fillers to spillers, from species short to species tall, you'll find everything you need here to give your gardens the "wow-factor" you've been looking for. These ideas were collected over many years from favourite gardening books, magazines and writers. Consider them your own personal "exterior decorators". Follow the links below, close your eyes and visualize some of the wonderful partnerships suggested, then choose your favourites and re-create the garden pictures you've envisioned.

BLUE PERENNIALS    Aconitum - Geranium  |  Iris - Vinca

BULBS    Allium - Hyacinthus    |    Narcissus    |    Tulipa    |    Minor Bulbs - Chionodoxa - Scilla

BUTTERFLY MAGNETS    Anaphalis - Hemerocallis    |    Liatris - Veronicastrum
DAYLILIES      Spider & Unusual Form

EDGERS    Arabis - Iris    |    Nepeta - Veronica

FOLIAGE PERENNIALS     Alchemilla - Tanacetum

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES    Acorus - Imperata    |    Miscanthus - Spodiopogon

HOSTAS    Hosta - all

HUMMINGBIRD-FRIENDLY PERENNIALS    Alcea - Salvia

ORANGE PERENNIALS    Achillea - Tulipa

PINK PERENNIALS    Achillea - Lilium    |    Lychnis - Veronica

PURPLE PERENNIALS    Aconitum - Liatris    |    Polemonium - Veronica

RED PERENNIALS    Achillea - Veronica

SHADE PERENNIALS    Aegopodium - Erythronium    |    Ferns - Polemonium    |    Polygonatum - Vinca

SILVER FOLIAGE PERENNIALS    Achillea - Cerastium    |    Cornus - Limonium    |    Lunaria - Veronica

SIMPLY SPECIAL PERENNIALS     Acanthus - Saxifraga

VARIEGATED-FOLIAGE PERENNIALS    Acorus - Erythronium    |    Hakonechloa - Lysimachia   |    Miscanthus - Yucca

WHITE PERENNIALS    Achillea - Iris    |    Kalimeris - Yucca

YELLOW PERENNIALS    Achillea - Hypericum    |    Inula - Verbascum



PLANT PROFILES

Have you ever tried to grow a particular plant and found that you weren't as successful as you'd have liked? Have you searched the Internet for a bit of information that you needed to know to grow that plant better and weren't able to find it? Follow the links below to find everything you need to know to grow each of the profiled plants well.

Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies'  |   Geranium  |   Geum coccineum  |   Kerria japonica  |   Knautia macedonica

Paeonia tenuifolia  |   Papaver somniferum  |   Rudbeckia  |   Salvia 'East Friesland'

Trollius  |   Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'



PLANT PROPAGATION

Many perennial plants can be increased by root division. Knowing just when to do this can mean the difference between success and failure. Many other perennials, however, resent this type of disturbance and prefer propagation by other means. Follow the links below to see what you should do with the plants in your collection and when. This page is image-intensive but has much information to peruse while waiting for images to load.

DIVISION

SPRING ONLY  |   FALL ONLY  |   SPRING OR FALL  |   DO NOT DIVIDE



PLANT CARE

Plants have specific soil preferences and fertilization requirements. Follow the links below for a chart that will tell you whether a plant requires fertilization and, if so, with what and how much.

Incorporated within the chart is information about soil, including soil testing, soil types, pH levels, altering soil pH, compost creation, soil amendments and mulches and the difference between them, winter vs. summer mulches and much, much more.

FERTILIZATION

BULBS  |   ORNAMENTAL GRASSES  |   PERENNIALS  |   SHRUBS  |   VINES



G A R D E N   C O L O R

For those of us, myself included, who are design-challenged when it comes to combining colors for our gardens, we've created a page to make this chore much easier. We hope you will find it interesting as well as helpful in making color choices yourself. There are plenty of links to other Internet sites about color as well as a simple, fool-proof, up-to-date method of using artistic color theory in garden design. To find out what it is, simply follow the link below.

GARDEN COLOR



GARDEN POETRY

To find out how and why I first started my Plant Partnership files, follow the links below. Whether or not you are a gardener yourself, you will be able to relate to these simple poems. If you are sentimental, you may shed a tear when you learn what inspired these verses.

THE POETRY  |   MY POETRY MUSE



BOTANICAL LATIN

Are you ready to start using botanical Latin names for your perennials? The link below will take you to our own page of the basics you will need to get you started. These are presented with lots of plant pictures to help you learn and to make the process more fun.

BOTANICAL LATIN - BASICS



OUR FAVOURITE LINKS

GARDENS  |   LOCAL GARDENS  |   BOTANICAL TERMINOLOGY

GARDENING BOOKS  |   NON-GARDENING SITES



CONTACT US

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