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 

18.7.15

Leslieville front garden cleanup

A garden rescue in the Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood


Is the word "rescue" too dramatic? Maybe, but this front garden needed some attention. Overrun with burdock, grass, thistle and violets, the front yard was out of place among the tidy front gardens on the east-end Toronto street.



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


I asked the homeowner if she wanted to keep the variegated goutweed because it is an "effective" groundcover, to put it mildly. Very few weeds will try to grow among it so she decided to keep it.

So after weeding the front, we have this:


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


More "before" and "after" pictures, revealing a flagstone path!



Front garden clean up Leslieville before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Front garden clean up Leslieville before 


Front garden clean up Leslieville after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Front garden clean up Leslieville 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  



Front garden cleanup Leslieville before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Front garden cleanup Leslieville before 


Front garden cleanup Leslieville after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Front garden cleanup Leslieville after 


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


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

15.7.15

Bloordale garden cleanup with new perennials and shrubs

Bloordale Village front garden renovation and new plantings


This front yard garden is located near Bloor and Dufferin in the Bloordale Village (or simply Bloordale) neighbourhood of Toronto. I say it is roughly 15' by 30', faces south and receives full sun for the entire day. Weeds seem to thrive here!



Garden clean up Bloordale before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Garden clean up Bloordale before


Other than a few hosta clumps, the raised bed is entirely infested (the best word I can think of) with creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides).   After a long day digging out the fleshy bellflower roots, adding 8 bags of composted sheep manure, transplanting and mulching, I was able to transform the above weed field into this:


Garden clean up Bloordale after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Garden clean up Bloordale after 


Sure, these baby perennials (1 gallon containers) look small but give them 3 years and we should have nice clumps. New additions include  Liatris, "Autumn Joy" sedum, "May Night" perennial sage, purple coneflower, "Ruby Glow" barberry, "Franz Schubert" summer phlox, Agastache rugosa, and "Raspberry Ice" Heuchera, All love full sun and most attract pollinators.

Did I say I hated creeping bellflower?

Here are more before and after pictures:


Garden cleanup Bloordale before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Garden cleanup Bloordale before 


Garden cleanup Bloordale after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Garden cleanup Bloordale after 


Bloordale garden cleanup before Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Bloordale garden cleanup before


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


Bloordale garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Bloordale garden cleanup before


Bloordale garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Bloordale garden cleanup after


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


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


Bloordale garden cleanup before Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Bloordale garden cleanup before 


Bloordale garden cleanup after Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Bloordale garden cleanup after 

28.6.15

Leslieville backyard xeriscape garden installation

As another very busy spring turns into summer, here are some before and after pictures of a xeriscape garden project I completed recently in the Leslieville neighbourhood of Toronto:


Leslieville Toronto xeriscape garden install before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Leslieville Toronto xeriscape garden install before 


Leslieville Toronto xeriscape garden install after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Leslieville Toronto xeriscape garden install after 


The backyard site receives full sun for most of the day, slightly sloping towards the back corner and side fence, has sandy soil and will not be watered by the owner as this is a rental. It is approximately 15' by 15' and was not looked after for a while as indicated in the first "before" picture. I kept the existing yellow Scotch broom, creeping thyme, "Autumn Joy" sedum and a few English lavender and transplanted drought-tolerant perennials like  "Caradonna" perennial sage, moss phlox, "Elijah Blue" fescue and Golden Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia cespitosa "Goldtau").

I dug out the entire garden which was choked with grass and removed the dwarf lilac for the owner to transplant elsewhere. After transplanting and watering, I applied a 3" thick layer of cedar mulch to reduce watering and weeding. The owner also supplied some concrete stepping stones to lead to the back corner, which in set into the ground.

This is likely the most "low-maintenance" garden I've ever designed and installed. Aside from clipping the dead stalks in early spring and occasionally adding mulch, the owner doesn't have to do too much. I'm sure the tenants are also happy looking at a bit of colour instead of a weed patch!



Xeriscape Leslieville garden install before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Xeriscape Leslieville garden install before 


Xeriscape Leslieville garden install after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Xeriscape Leslieville garden install after



Xeriscape Leslieville garden install before  Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Xeriscape Leslieville garden install before 



Xeriscape Leslieville garden install after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Xeriscape Leslieville garden install after



Leslieville xeriscape garden install before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Leslieville xeriscape garden install before 



Leslieville xeriscape garden install after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Leslieville xeriscape garden install after by 



14.6.15

Toronto garden cleanup in the Mount Pleasant West area

Weeding and transplanting annuals in three beds


This client has a large (long) backyard in the Mount Pleasant West neighbourhood with three defined garden beds in a partly sunny area. The beds have existing a few perennials like herbaceous peonies, Bergenia, daylilies, bleeding heart, bearded Iris, hosta and snakeroot but have become very weedy with violets, ostrich ferns, maple seedlings and goldenrod filling up the beds. 

He asked me to clean up the beds, add annuals like begonias, geraniums, and Calibrachoa and mulch for some summer colour.

Here are some pictures of half a day's work:


Mount Pleasant West garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Mount Pleasant West garden cleanup before


Mount Pleasant West garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Mount Pleasant West garden cleanup after



Mount Pleasant West back garden clean up before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Mount Pleasant West back garden clean up before


Mount Pleasant West back garden clean up after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Mount Pleasant West back garden clean up after 


Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto Mount Pleasant West garden cleanup before
Mount Pleasant West garden cleanup before


Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto Mount Pleasant West garden cleanup after
Mount Pleasant West garden cleanup after


Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto Mount Pleasant West garden clean up before
Mount Pleasant West garden clean up before


Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto Mount Pleasant West garden clean up after
Mount Pleasant West garden clean up after


Mount Pleasant West garden clean up before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Mount Pleasant West garden clean up before


Mount Pleasant West garden clean up after  Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Mount Pleasant West garden clean up after  



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