The Front Entry Garden Room
The Magnolia Tree Garden Room where the Trilliums grow.
The Inner Garden Room, including The Sun Dial Circle, Thyme Circle and Center Garden
The Smoke Tree Garden Room that is part of the Inner Garden Room
The Front Garden Rock and Alpines
The Boulevard Garden
The Strip between the Driveways
The Woodland Garden
The Fig Tree Bed, including the bed next to the old sidewalk, in the back garden
The Japanese and Moss/Water Garden
The Back Garden Rock and Alpines
The Cutting Garden including vegetables, herbs
The deck and patio plants, including some of the plants also listed in the Moss and Water Garden Room
The Light garden and Orchids
The Driveway Strip Garden Room
The photo album for the garden paths and art helps define each of the garden rooms. Also shows some of the renovations to the previously existing garden rooms. There is garden 'art' such as the David or the West Coast planter, in most of the garden rooms to add to the viewing pleasure. This album was recreated in 2021 and mentions some pending renovations that have been done, with more to do, as ever, in the changing garden.
According to the Changes2 page:
There is a five foot strip along the west side of our driveway with the neighbor's driveway on the other side of the strip. This strip has a cedar hedge that is now (2014) house high and is a perfect living fence and privacy screen between our houses. At the street end of the strip I have about 10 - 15 feet of St.John worte. There is a telephone pole with the Virginia Creeper trained to grow up the pole. The St. John's worte extends beyond the pole for a few feet where it meets the Yucca plant. There is heather, and the rose of sharon shrub, under-planted with arabis and grape hyaciths. Next to this shrub there is the Mountain Ash Tree that is surrounded by the Kings Spear, the Torch lily, more arabis and heather. The arabis it a bright white carpet in Spring and evergreeen during the winter. There are Daffodils next to the Mountain Ash tree that have multiplied into big clumps and bloom profusely in Spring. This takes us up to where the Cedar Hedge begins. A blog post, part 1 showing the plants in the driveway strip and part 2 of the blog post showing the plants that grow from the Mountain Ash tree, along in front of the cedar hedge to the front of the old garage at the back. There are tulips in front of the hedge and a few other bulbs and perennials. In the last 10 to 15 feet before the end of the driveway there are perennial geraniums. These are excellent plants for this difficult spot. At the end of the cement from the driveway we go into the woodland area on a chip path. This driveway wraps around the back of the house, between the house and the old garage. I call this area the patio. It goes across the back of the house to the steps that go up to the old sidewalk and to the steps that go up to the deck.
This is a blog post with excerpts from the Journal Entries in August, 2022 about the renovation of the Virginia Creeper. We had very many renovations and removal of trees, and shrubs by Davey Tree. I hope to be noting these renos as I continue to upload the plants names and photo albums for each of the garden rooms.
There is a photo album for the Driveway Strip Garden Room made from the photos from pages 10 and 11 of the May album.
The Plants in the Driveway Strip Garden Room
Starting at the street, I have about 15 feet of Saanich property that I garden. This strip is about 6 feet wide and borders the neighbours' property to the west. The strip runs from the street to the Woodland Garden Room that starts at the front of the old garage.
(Hypericum perforatum) is a flowering shrub native to Europe. It gets its name from the fact that it often blooms on the birthday of the biblical John the Baptist. It is is a plant with yellow, star-shaped flowers. It's often used for depression but can cause serious interactions with some drugs.
The plant usually begins to flower around the 24th of June, the feast day of St. John the Baptist. It contains many chemicals that act on messengers in the brain that regulate mood. This a very aggressive plant. If I want to get rid of it, I have to dig it all out. Since I took down the Virginia Creeper in 2022, I will be trying to preserve the flowing creeper vines that will be falling over the St. John's wort, and then mowing it down to ground level, maybe. It starts at the Street and has progressed up to the area of the Mountain Ash, crowding out the other plants that grow there.
The Virginia creeper vine sports gorgeous fall foliage. A close relative of Boston ivy, the fast-growing Virginia creeper can be planted in spring or fall. It is often used for ground cover or a climbing vine on stone walls and trellises, supported by its grasping tendrils. Its leaves have five leaflets and morph from their summer green into a fall foliage color ranging from reddish-orange to burgundy. The dark blue berries of the Virginia creeper contain amounts of oxalic acid that are toxic to humans, although birds can enjoy eating them without harm. The sap contains needle-like oxalate crystals, which, for a small portion of the population, can irritate the skin and cause a rash. If you are sensitive, wear gloves when handling it. Another use for the plant is as a ground cover. Although it's a climbing vine, it will simply sprawl along the ground if not given support on which to climb. It is very aggressive, maybe it will shade out the St. John's wort. I cut it back to a stump in 2022. The squirrels had an apartment sized nest in it. Ben, from Davey Tree helped me finish off the clean up of the debris and cutting back the St.John wort. I thought the $150.00 paid was reasonable. Now in August of 2023, it has again gone up the telephone pole and I will be dragging/cutting it down to no more than 6 feet up the pole and letting it run on the ground, to the street and only to the yucca at the other end.
I planted some ivy along with the Virginia Creeper and will try to get rid of it all, as this plant has gone everywhere and needs to be irradicated from along the Colquitz river and every where else it has gone.
Far too much BINDWEED:
(Convolvulus) is often called wild morning glory because it looks like morning glory. Bindweed is a climbing vine. Normally, the first signs that you have bindweed will be thin thread-like vines that wrap themselves tightly around plants or other upward objects. The bindweed is growing all along the Driveway strip. The neighbours seem to have got a good control of it on their side. I think they may have used the chemical method.
is a genus of perennial shrubs and trees in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae. Its 40–50 species are notable for their rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves and large terminal panicles of white or whitish flowers. Yucca glauca is native to central North America: occurring from the Canadian Prairies of Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada; south through the Great Plains to Texas and New Mexico in the United States. The Yucca is a very tough wonderful plant, especially when in bloom. The creamy white flowers bloom best in full sun, during mid to late summer, with some yucca growing as tall as 10 feet (3 m.) and leaves that reach about 2 ½ feet (76 cm.) in length. I have had this plant for many years. It truly needs more care than I give it. AND it needs the St.John's wort removed from around it and out of the rest of the Driveway Garden Strip. It currently produces 4 stems of at least 10 feet tall with huge white bells. I never see seeds on it, as mentioned it some websites.
SEDUM AUTUMN JOY:
The stonecrops (Hylotelephium herbstfreude) like 'Autumn Joy' originated from China and Korea. It stores water inside thick, light green leaves during the growing season. The unique flowers of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ are long-lasting and easy to enjoy. This tough, hardy perennial grows approximately 24 inches tall and wide, and blooms from August to frost. Thick, waxy leaves are succulent and drought-tolerant, and this plant can grow in sandy soils. Attracts pollinators! Plant in full sun for best growth and colour. Plant in well-drained soil. Flattened clusters of tiny, light pink flowers appear in late summer. As they age, they deepen in color to copper and rust. Butterflies, mainly cloudless sulphur butterflies, find them irresistible. Stonecrop attracts bees as well.
The Autumn Joy sedum variety has numerous seasons of appeal, starting with its sweet rosettes of new growth in late winter to early spring. The flower is also persistent, often lasting well into winter, providing a unique landscape. This is an easy plant to grow and divide. Growing Autumn Joy sedums will enhance the garden while bestowing you with plenty more of these amazing plants over time. They are easily started from cuttings or new little plants. I have them growing in several places around the garden. Although, I must say they do not appreciate being in shade.
ROSE OF SHARON
- Shrub Althea - Syrian Hibiscus comes from China, India and Japan. It is an ornamental plant, valued for its beautiful large flowers, 10 to 12 cm (4-5 inches) in diameter, with a broad bell-shaped shape. White, pink, blue (and other intermediate colors) flowers that appear on the plant at the beginning of July and bloom until the end of September, the flowers grow individually from the leaf axils. It grows to ten feet tall and six feet wide. The deer won't bother this one, but you will see plenty of bees, butterflies, and birds. Keep it moist with well-drained soil. Hibiscus syriacus - mine might be dark lavender chifon. Also have one that has white flowers with red heart that is not doing well and I might take it out. This shrub grows next to the Autumn Joy Sedum plant and has many plants growing in the same area. There is arabis, scilla, tall bearded iris. And more St.John's wort.
TALL BEARDED IRISES
- Indian Chief iris will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. With velvety, wine-red falls and glowing standards of raspberry to bronze, this tall, striking, Jazz Age iris is one of the most colorful we grow. It’s exceptionally vigorous, too, thriving on neglect in old gardens everywhere and blooming even in part shade. There are several of these iris next to the sedum Autumn Joy and the Rose of Sharon.
- Indigo Princess is a fragrant tall bearded Iris with a 39 inch bloom stalk. It is drought resistant and also deer resistant. I have it noted as an 'all blue iris'. This one grows in front of the cedar hedge.
- Starring Role - 36 inches (91 cm). It is an all yellow beautiful big iris. The all one color ones are called 'self' as all the parts of the blossom are the same color. This one, too grows about mid-way along in front of the cedar hedge.
alpina, commonly known as mountain rock cress or alpine rock cress, is a mat-forming, tufted, procumbent, evergreen perennial of the mustard family that typically grows to 8-10” tall but spreads to 20” wide or more.
The hardy perennial Arabis typically flowers in the early spring. They have scented white flowers and are useful plants for growing in rockeries. Foliage is evergreen. The arabis grows along the driveway strip garden from the Yucca to about the mountain ash. It makes a nice under planting under the Rose of Sharon shrubs with the irises, scilla, daffodils and other plants growing up through it. I would like to get more of it growing in the Magnolia tree garden room, at the front, and along in front of the David. Can be propagated by division (spring or autumn) or cuttings (Summer).
- For outdoor landscape planting, find a spot where the soil drains well, and your Scilla plants will receive good light. Dig holes and plant the bulbs 3–4" deep and 4" apart at the base with the small points facing up. Bloom in spring. Remove the dry foliage when the leaves turn yellow and die back as the plants slip into dormancy around early to mid-summer. The scilla bulbs grow in the Driveway strip and bloom in blue in the white arabis beneath them. I have scilla growing in multiple places in my garden. They are easy care and put on a good show in the Springtime. I might have the scilla bulbs confused with the MUSCARI bulbs which are also blooming every where in my garden.
- are hardy perennials that come back year after year, spreading and often naturalizing. They are fall-planted bulbs usually planted in October, and the flowers bloom in late winter or early spring. I have a few different kinds of daffodils planted around the whole garden. I usually have enough for several boquets, especially from the ones that grow in the driveway strip garden room. It might be time to divide them.
- I have a few tulips growing in the driveway strip garden room, but I don't recall their names. Mostly they grow in front of the hedge.
- One of the most powerful garden scents of spring comes from hyacinth flowers (Hyacinthus orientalis) in bloom. Even at a distance, you'll notice these flowers' intense fragrance and the spikes of bright tubular flowers emerging from strap-shaped leaves. Hyacinths will come back every year, though their flowers will diminish in vigor after a few seasons. They are best planted in the fall and have a moderate growth rate. I have several color of hyacinths all over my garden. The ones I have in pots do not do very well. They are spectacular in the spring show in the garden.
When people use the common name "hyacinth," they're often referring to both the Hyacinthus genus and the
MUSCARI genus, which includes the grape hyacinth. While they're not directly related, the plants have similar care needs and appearances—hence the shared common name.
- Asphodeline lutea commonly called king’s spear, is a rhizomatous perennial that is native to the eastern Mediterranean. It features a clump of narrow, linear, grassy, gray-green leaves to 12” tall from which rises in spring a conical, leafy flower stalk to 3-4’ that is topped by a dense cylindrical raceme (to 12-18” long) of fragrant, large-bracted, yellow flowers (to 1” across). Flowers give way to globose green seed pods that mature to an attractive brown. Other common names for this plant include Jacob’s rod and asphodel. Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers deep loams with good drainage. I have had this plant for many years. Despite my neglect it keeps on growing. It is next to the Torch lily that is in front of the Mountain Ash tree.
LAMB'S EARS (Stachys byzantina)
is so named for the shape of the leaves—large, oval, and fuzzy. This plant can spread quite a bit—a virtue if you seek a ground cover, a problem if you see it as invasive. Lamb's ear is valued primarily for its interesting leaves, not its flowers. An excellent pollinator plant, Lamb's Ear is attractive to garden visitors. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love it.
Uvaria The striking red hot poker plant (Kniphofia uvaria) is in the Liliaceae family and is also known as torch lily. This plant is an upright evergreen perennial with a clumping habit. Over 70 known species exist of this South African native plant. Gardeners should be diligent with watering during hot and dry spells. Provide a 2 to 3 inch (5-7.6 cm.) layer of mulch to help with water retention and for protection during cold winters. Cut foliage off at the base of the plant in late fall and remove spent flower spike to encourage more blooms. The Torch lily grows in front of the Mountain Ash tree. It is being crowded out by the Oregon grape shrub, and the rose, and BLACKBERRIES. Actually the blackberries need constant removal, in my garden and everywhere. They grow across the street and people pick them in the late summer/autumn.
(Sorbus) are a genus of small trees or shrubs of the rose family (Rosaceae), consisting of perhaps 100 species distributed in temperate Eurasia and North America. Sorbus decora is native to Canada. The mountain ash grows to a height of 10–30' and a spread of around 15' at maturity. This tree was growing in the driveway strip garden room when we moved in. It grows sprouts from the root at a moderate rate. Pruning them out only produces more of them. So, for the last few years I have just left it alone. It produces an abundance of berries in the Fall. The brilliantly coloured berries of Mountain Ash are eagerly devoured by Robins, Cedar Waxwings and other birds; as well as animals: deer, squirrels, rabbits, bears, etc.
I planted a rose next to the Mountain Ash tree, to stop people from trampling through the Driveway strip garden room, from driveway to driveway. I no longer have the name of the rose, but the description of the rubiginosa seems to fit the growth and appearance of mine.
It is a vase-shaped, dense, suckering shrub that typically grows to 6-10' tall. Long arching canes are heavily thorned. Spicily-fragrant, five-petaled, clear pink flowers (to 2” diameter) with white centers appear in late spring to early summer. Flowers are followed by abundant orange-red hips that ripen in fall and usually persist well into winter. It is suggested to use this rose for hedging. The pink flowers' hips can be used to make a tea that is rich in vitamin C. Mine does, indeed, sucker as it is now growing (along with black berry bushes, all along the driveway strip up to the cedar hedge.
When we moved into this property in the beginning of 1987 we had a landscaping firm do the initial landscaping including the cedar hedge in the driveway garden room strip. The hedge goes from the mountain ash/rose area to the back of the old garage, approximately 65 feet. I think the landscapers planted the Thuja occidentalis, also known as northern white-cedar, eastern white-cedar, or arborvitae: is an evergreen coniferous tree, in the cypress family Cupressaceae, which is native to eastern Canada and much of the north-central and northeastern United States. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. The trees were quite tall when planted and now are about 30 feet high, or house high. Due to winter snow damage and various other things the cedars are a bit thinned out as a privacy screen. I have had them trimmed a few times by Davey Tree people. The bind weed is constantly needing to be pulled out.
These plants are biennials or short-lived perennials, native to Eurasia and cultivated in many other areas of the world for their attractive, spring-blooming flowers.
Hesperis matronalis grows 100 cm or taller, with multiple upright, hairy stems. The plants have showy blooms in early to mid spring. The plentiful, fragrant flowers are produced in large, showy, terminal racemes that can be 30+ cm tall and elongate as the flowers of the inflorescence bloom. Each flower is large (2 cm across), with four petals. Flower coloration varies, with different shades of lavender and purple most common, but white, pink, and even some flowers with mixed colors exist in cultivated forms. A few different double-flowered varieties also exist. Some plants may bloom until August, but warm weather greatly shortens the duration on each flower's blooming. Seeds are oblong, 3–4 mm long and 1–1.5 mm wide. I let these plants self seed all over the garden. In the Driveway Strip Garden Room they grow along in front of the cedar hedge.
Fast-growing, Honesty (Lunaria annua) or Silver Dollar or Money Plant is a very interesting biennial with its heads of 4-petaled flowers, deep purple to white, blooming in mid-late spring to early summer. These are beautifully replaced in midsummer by translucent, round, flat seed pods looking like silvery coins! It is usually grown for the coin-like, silvery, translucent seed pods that are used in dried flower arrangements. These plants grow in the woodland currently. I would like to get some of them self seeding in the Driveway strip garden room, along in front of the cedar hedge.
The flowering perennial plants known collectively as hardy geraniums comprise many cultivars of several different species and hybrids within the Geranium genus. As a group, they are also known as cranesbill geraniums. Although the pure species are popular garden plants, many of the named garden cultivars originate from hybrids achieved by crossing species within the genus.
There is a great deal of variety in the Geranium genus, but most of the commonly-grown species are low-growing, dense, carpet-like plants with flower stalks that poke and weave through neighboring plants. The flowers float on top of the plant in shades of white, blue, pink, magenta, purple, lavender, and periwinkle blue. The flowers are small—about one inch—and cupped-shaped, attracting plenty of butterflies and bees. I don't know which one or ones I might have, but this sounds like a familiar name: Geranium sanguineum: This species, sometimes known as bloody cranesbill, is a relatively low-growing, clumping form that produces reddish-purple flowers from May to June, with lesser flowering into the late summer. It is grown in zones 3 to 9. Several good cultivars are available: 'Album', with white flowers; 'Elke', with soft pink flowers; and 'New Hampshire Purple', which has violet flowers with white eyes. My perennial geraniums are easy care. They grow in front of the cedar hedge from the front of the old garage to about 35 feet of the cedar hedge. The motor home spends a lot of time in the driveway in front of the geraniums, so they get quite a bit of shade. Pat often walks on them when getting into the drivers door of the motor home and they survive that traffic. Here is more than you ever wanted to know about hardy geraniums
There may be a few plants that I have missed, such as a wild tree that I cut back every year, heather plants that I never see as they are on the neighbours side of this area, a oriental lily that Tara planted and I have not seen for a couple of years.
(Cichorium intybus) is native to Europe, Africa and the temperate and tropical regions of Asia. It was likely brought to North America as an edible crop. Chicory leaves are edible, often eaten as salad greens, and the roots are used as a coffee substitute. Chicory reliably lasts 3-4 years but can last for up to ten when not over grazed. In order to get the full effect it should be left in situ for at least two years. I think some of the chicory would look good in the Driveway strip garden room, along in front of the hedge. Perhaps in the cutting garden with queen anne's lace in bouquets.
QUEEN ANNE'S LACE:
Daucus carota, whose common names include wild carrot, European wild carrot, bird's nest, bishop's lace, and Queen Anne's lace (North America), is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae. It is native to temperate regions of the Old World and was naturalized in the New World.
The good news is that several distinct features of poison hemlock make it possible to tell apart from Queen Anne’s Lace if you know to look for them.
The most obvious difference between the two plants is their height. Poison hemlock grows much taller than Queen Anne’s Lace and appears earlier in the year. While Queen Anne’s Lace doesn’t grow much taller than three feet, poison hemlock can grow to ten feet tall.
Another distinction between the two plants is their stems. Poison hemlock stems are smooth, while Queen Anne’s Lace stems are covered with tiny hairs. Poison hemlock also has dark purplish splotches on its stem, whereas Queen Anne’s Lace has a solid green stem. Like its stem, the leaves of Queen Anne’s Lace are hairy, as opposed to the smooth leaves of the poison hemlock plant.
Additionally, you can see a difference in the shape of the flower clusters on each plant. While both have small white flowers that form umbrella-like structures, they have a more rounded shape on poison hemlock than their flat or even concave shape on Queen Anne’s Lace.
Now that you know what to look for, you’re prepared to protect yourself and your neighbors from the dangers of poison hemlock. If you do find the plant, avoid touching, mowing, or trimming it. Instead, use an herbicide such as ArmorTech Tetra to manage the threat safely. Keep in mind that fall and spring are the best times to treat poison hemlock. As always, contact your ATS sales representative with any questions about control options. I would like to get some of these plants growing in the driveway strip garden room. There are currently two plants growing in the boulevard garden. They grow in the park and along the ditches.
Annual Gardening pages
January - we occasionally get snow.
February - more rain, and some
March - first spring bulbs
April - rock plants blooming,
grass needs mowing, fruit trees blooming
May - the garden is in full
June - lovely warm days of
medium temperatures and roses in bloom
July - we need to water a lot
in the summer as we do not often get rain.
August - the Fall perennials
starting to bloom and fruit is ripening
September - harvest time in the
vegetable garden and time to plant the winter garden
October - glorious fall colors
and sunsets, fruit ripening and rains begin again
November - sometimes a lovely
month with the Fall colors and warm rains
December - more rain, the garden
is mostly greens and browns, very peaceful.
Water and Japanese Gardening
- I built my pond with its 8 - 9 foot diameter
Fruit and Vegetables -
grapes, figs, pears, apples, plums, and vegtables
Garden paths and Garden art - I have
converted most of the lawn to gardens and paths
Rock and Alpines - I have a few small
alpines in various spots around the garden
Woodland garden - I am trying to
establish a few indigenous plants in this area.
Indoor gardening - orchids,
cacti, African violets
Bugs - butterflies, birds,
From the Market - photos of bought
produce or flowers
At the Show - there are a number of
gardeing shows I attend annually
Boquets - Creating flower arrangements for the house and for show is an
added benefit for creatativity as well as visual satisfaction.
Miscellaneous - in case I cannot
decide where something belongs
Annual Journal Notes - This is the first page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2012 when I began to keep my garden notes on my computer. See the bottom of this first page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2013 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2013 from my garden journal . See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2014 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2014 from my garden journal . See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2015 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2015 from my garden journal . See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2016 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2016 from my garden journal . See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2017 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2017 from my garden journal . See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2018 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2018 from my garden journal . See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2019 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2019 from my garden journal . See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2020 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2020 from my garden journal . See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2021 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2021 from my garden journal . See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2022 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2022 from my garden journal . See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2023 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2023 from my garden journal. See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2024 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2024 from my garden journal. See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2025 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2025 from my garden journal. See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Annual Journal Notes 2026 - This is the page of the annual Journal Notes excerpts beginning in 2026 from my garden journal. See the bottom of this page to go to the Journal Notes for the next year.
Outline of the garden changes - This is the first page of a series of three giving a tour of the my garden.
A description of the garden rooms - This is the second page of a series of three giving a tour of the my garden, and showing the creation of the garden rooms as well as some of the renovations over the years.
Annual Garden changes photo albums The third page of the series will be annual photo albums of the changes in the garden for the year, beginning in 2009.