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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

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