Tell me this doesn’t look like a Thomas Kinkade painting, but in the best sense — light gleaming in the window of a picturesque cottage — without the kitsch. With rain clouds darkening the sky, this was the last island garden I visited (see my Toronto Islands post for an overview) during the Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling.
Foliage, not flowers, dominates the scene, but there’s plenty of color: wine reds, golden yellows, emerald greens.
A small, curvy deck offers a welcoming invitation with two mustard-yellow Adirondacks and floral pillows.
I love the color.
Looking across the front garden — no lawn, just low shrubs and perennials accented with Japanese maples, all under the shade of a large tree — you catch a glimpse of an umbrella-shaded dining table.
Moseying around back, I stopped to admire a white clematis in the narrow side garden. It looks especially pretty against the teal blue of the neighboring house.
As you enter the back garden you see a small pond, with plenty of seating nearby to enjoy it.
Low-maintenance shrubs and dwarf Japanese maples surround the pond, offering lovely foliage color and texture.
Azalea, sweet woodruff, and Japanese forest grass make a pretty combo along one side of the pond.
The rest of the back garden is centered around a small lawn, backed by what looks like a guest house. Rich red and golden leaves create a colorful canopy.
Heading back to the front garden, I came upon the dining set I’d spied across the front garden earlier. Set on a rustic stone patio and surrounded by verdant foliage, it has the feel of a secret hideaway.
…and fun garden art add to the ambience.
What a beautiful garden — and a perfect way to end a tour of the Toronto Islands.
Coming up next: A contemporary garden in Forest Hill, one of Toronto’s tony neighborhoods. For a look back at Jeannie Parker’s But-a-Dream garden on Algonquin Island, click here.
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