Lorraine Johnson


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How to choose the best garden for your cottage

You’ve got four broad choices of naturalistic cottage garden: woodland for shade, woodland edge for part shade/part sun, meadow for sun, and rocky pockets in sun or shade. Within these broad categories, of course, there are...

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How to design a garden

As you plan your garden layout, keep in mind the following considerations: Before finalizing your design, decide where paths should go, and which path materials would best enhance the native-species theme. Janet Davis, a...

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Top native plants for deterring deer

“Nothing is deer-proof,” says Miriam Goldberger of Wildflower Farm, “but you can plant species that are the cuisine of last resort for deer.” Jacki Kennedy-Ciphery of Water’s Edge Landscaping in Port Carling, Ont.,...

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Planting on your septic bed

The proviso is “to keep the septic bed clear of trees, shrubs, and plants with deep roots,” says Jacki Kennedy-Ciphery of Water’s Edge Landscaping in Port Carling, Ont. “You need species that won’t interfere with the...

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The best plants for a rock garden

For sun and shade • bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi): 5–15 cm, evergreen, shiny leaves, pinkish-white urn-shaped flowers in late spring/early summer, red berries in late summer, full sun to part shade • partridgeberry...

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The best plants for a woodland garden

For Rich loam • trout lily (Erythronium americanum): 15 cm, nodding, bell-shaped yellow flowers in spring, mottled leaves • white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum): 30–45 cm, white bloom in spring, red berries in late...

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The best plants for a meadow garden

For Loam (also does well in sand) • wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa): 60–90 cm, lavender flowers mid-summer, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds • sky blue aster (Aster azureus): 30–120 cm, gorgeous blue flowers in...

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How to grow your own wildflower seeds

  Think of it as new plants for free – an endless supply at the drop of a seed. Propagating your own plants from seeds you’ve collected around your cottage saves you money, helps preserve the rich community of...

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An introduction to cottage gardening

If there is one thing that draws us to cottage country, it is the landscape – the forests and shorelines and plants and rocks, and on and on. We carve our pockets of pleasure out of these places that are so different from our...

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