A good year
I most look forward to putting together our annual 100+ Great Garden Ideas winter issue. I think it’s my favourite of the Canadian Gardening magazines we produce. I love the thought that, while my plants peacefully slumber under their protective blanket of snow, I have carte blanche to dream about what my landscape will look like in the coming months, and that I can find all the inspiration I need right at my fingertips.
At CG, we see this issue as a planning tool to help inspire you to new heights not only in your horticultural endeavours, but also in enjoying your garden and all it has to offer from a holistic perspective. To that end, we make sure these pages are chock full of helpful information that covers botanicals for all four seasons, every growing region and gardening skill level, as well as a focus on wider interests – from crafting to cooking to caring for your skin – that will ensure all that beautiful garden bounty is put to good use.
Personally, I’ll be reading about how to cultivate more garden and less grass in my front yard (see “Front & Centre,” page 58), brushing up on my pruning skills (see “Pruning 101,” page 40) and figuring out what to do with a heat trap that plagues the side of my patio (see “10 Fixes for Finicky Spots,” page 44). And choosing some new bearded iris cultivars to plant this year (see Profile, page 16). And planning a new flagstone path interspersed with mother-ofthyme (see “The Wonders Down Under,” page 72). Oh, and thinking about adding a natural swimming pool to my property (see “Sink or Swim,” page 64).
Not sure what to do first? Take our “What’s Your Garden Style?” quiz (page 32) to get a sense of your own botanical bent, then let your imagination flow. The sky’s the limit.