Pollinators are invaluable visitors to any garden. Lure them with flowers and they’ll stay to pollinate your edibles, like tomato blossoms, squash blooms and cucumber flowers. When choosing flower sizes, think “thrillers, spillers and fillers.” A thriller is that one focal point – a “wow” flower. Spillers spread and drape elegantly over the sides. Fillers add colour and texture – think cool foliage or less showy flowers in a complementary hue. And, given that it’s our 150th, look for red and white varieties to create a living tribute.
WHAT TO PLANT BEST TIP
nasturtiums + container zinnias + cosmos + rainbow Swiss chard This combo is a pollinator paradise, plus a colourful treat you can eat!
At the nursery, source a collection of native plants – plants that are indigenous to your particular region. Look for Lorraine Johnson’s updated guide, 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens (Douglas & McIntyre, 2017). b