1.1.16

Update as of January 1, 2016

Dear reader:

Please note that I will not be posting on this blog in the future. All new posts will found on my "garden muses: not another Toronto gardening blog"

I look forward to seeing you there!

21.12.15

East Danforth new garden design and installation

A new East Danforth garden in Toronto's Coxwell and Danforth area


Elizabeth hired me last spring to revamp her small backyard garden in east-end Toronto. The site is in full sun although the north-facing part, of course, receives less intensive light and heat during the day. We decided to keep the small redbud tree, smokebush and lilac shrub and move many of the existing perennials. I felt that there were actually two gardens here: a shade garden facing north and a pollinator garden facing south. Another interesting feature is that there are two berms on either side of the path shown below. (I guess that was done by the previous owner/gardener when faced with the problem of having to deal with the excess fill.)

The "before" shot below shows two Feather Reed grasses flanking the gravel path. There's also a very mature "Annabelle" smooth hydrangea on the right side which fills in quickly and blocks much of the view of the garden from the patio. I removed the grasses and hydrangea to improve the sight lines from the patio and house.




Coxwell East Danforth backyard renovation before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Coxwell East Danforth backyard renovation before 


There was a lack of flower colour in the current garden and Elizabeth was interested in attracting pollinators and having blooms throughout the summer. Her mother also loved peonies so we came up with a plant list that included "Honorine Jobert" Japanese Anemone, Japanese Forest Grass, "Beni-kaze" Japanese Forest Grass, "Paul's Glory" Hosta, Anise Hyssop, "Jacob Cline" beebalm, Butterfly weed, "First Arrival" Itoh hybrid (tree) peony and "Bartzella" Itoh hybrid (tree) peony.



Coxwell East Danforth backyard renovation after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Coxwell East Danforth backyard renovation after



Below is another "before" picture, looking east.



Coxwell Danforth backyard renovation before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Coxwell Danforth backyard renovation before


I kept the Creeping Jenny groundcover and extended the chartreuse/yellow colour around the curve by lining Japanese Forest Grass all the way to the back left (north-east) corner. I also dug out and divided all the Solomon Seal under the background redbud tree and placed them in groups in the shadier bed to the right (north facing) bed.

Along the back fence, we chose to plant two Japanese climbing hydrangeas to hide (or at least minimize) the look of the the board on board fencing that surrounds the garden.

The space where the smooth hydrangea used to be (bottom right triangular space) is now occupied by an existing herbaceous peony.




Coxwell Danforth backyard renovation after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Coxwell Danforth backyard renovation after 



Coxwell Danforth backyard garden renovation before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Coxwell Danforth backyard garden renovation before



Coxwell Danforth backyard renovation after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Coxwell Danforth backyard renovation after


The black mulch does really stand out against the yellow perennials. (I'd just be as happy laying down a natural cedar mulch that's not dyed.)

It should take a few years before the perennials get established but this should be a full and colourful garden compared to what existed before.


Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto Danforth Coxwell backyard renovation after
Toronto Danforth Coxwell backyard renovation after

17.8.15

Leslieville front garden summer clean up

Helping another Leslieville client with a front yard summer clean up


It's late summer and the weeds haven't stopped growing! 

Here are some before and after pictures of a small front garden in Leslieville that needed some TLC. The mulch under the spruce helped but weeds like plantain and quack grass were problematic near the sidewalk, path and driveway. I asked the client to apply some more mulch to keep these weeds at bay.


Leslieville front garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Leslieville front garden cleanup before 


Leslieville front garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Leslieville front garden cleanup after


Leslieville front garden cleanup before Toronto Paul Jung Gardening Services
Leslieville front garden cleanup before


Leslieville front garden cleanup after Toronto Paul Jung Gardening Services
Leslieville front garden cleanup after 



Leslieville Toronto front garden clean up before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Leslieville Toronto front garden clean up before


Leslieville Toronto front garden clean up after  Paul Jung Gardening Services
Leslieville Toronto front garden clean up after 


Leslieville Toronto front garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Leslieville Toronto front garden cleanup before


Leslieville Toronto front garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Leslieville Toronto front garden cleanup after


Leslieville front garden clean up before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Leslieville front garden clean up before 


Leslieville front garden clean up after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Leslieville front garden clean up after 

14.8.15

Riverdale front garden cleanup

Before and after pictures of a Riverdale front garden cleanup


I completed another small front yard cleanup in the Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto this week. The yard was full of quack grass, "ditch lilies" and goldenrod. Once the garden was weeded and mulched, I discovered there were actually some nice perennials buried under all of this!


Riverdale Toronto front garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Riverdale Toronto front garden cleanup before 



Riverdale Toronto front garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Riverdale Toronto front garden cleanup after 



Riverdale front garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Riverdale front garden cleanup before Paul 



Riverdale front garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Riverdale front garden cleanup after 




Riverdale front garden clean up before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Riverdale front garden clean up before 


Riverdale front garden clean up after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Riverdale front garden clean up after 


Riverdale garden clean up before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Riverdale garden clean up before 


Riverdale garden clean up after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Riverdale garden clean up after 

27.7.15

Another Leslieville front garden makeover

Leslieville front garden renovation


As summer rolls on, I've recently completed another front garden makeover for this Leslieville client. The front garden actually is shared between the two owners with most of the area owned by one (who hired me.) The area is a narrow strip that's about 4' wide by 20' long, in full sun during the day and watered by an irrigation system.

The owner wanted more flowers (besides the Shasta daisy, there are none) and didn't like how the ornamental grasses "spilled" over onto the neighbour's path. I didn't find the Miscanthus (Maiden grass) offensive but scratched my head as to why the original designer or gardener planted a now large juniper in a 4' wide bed. This poor thing had been pruned into a ball over the years and, frankly, ugly.

Oh, yes, weeds took over the front of the bed as well!

Here's a before picture looking towards the house. The neighbour's walkway is to the left while the client's driveway is on the right.

Leslieville front garden renovation before Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Leslieville front garden renovation before 



After consulting with the client, we decided to remove everything except the Shasta daisy and one Blue Rug Juniper and chose perennials that tolerated/preferred full sun, flowered and attracted pollinators. She did like ornamental grasses so I replaced the Miscanthus with Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass) which is more upright.

Other new perennials include "Zagreb" threadleaf coreopsis, English lavender and "Scarlet View" beebalm.

The final outcome is a little more colourful!


Leslieville front garden renovation after Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Leslieville front garden renovation after

More before and after pictures from different views:


Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services Leslieville front garden renovation before
Leslieville front garden renovation before


Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services Leslieville front garden renovation after
 Leslieville front garden renovation after 


Leslieville new front garden before Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Leslieville new front garden before 


Leslieville new front garden after Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Leslieville new front garden after 


Leslieville front garden before Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Leslieville front garden before


Leslieville front garden after  Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Leslieville front garden after 


Leslieville front garden installation before Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Leslieville front garden installation before 


Leslieville front garden installation after Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Leslieville front garden installation after 

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