Front & centre
A front garden jam-packed with interesting plants is a sight worth stopping for.
When Ann Scarfo purchased this home in Toronto’s west end 13 years ago, the grassfree front garden was a big attraction. Having come from a house where she had replaced turfgrass with perennials out front, Ann looked forward to tending the new landscape with her husband, Carm. While there were lots of unusual and interesting plants, the garden had languished somewhat in the years since it was initially installed. Friend Kevin Kavanagh of South Coast Gardens devised a plan to enhance the view from the street by bringing in more texture and form. “Kevin helped significantly with advice about what was worth keeping and where we could improve things,” says Ann. Now the couple spends many hours out in the garden weeding, pruning, adding annuals and moving plants when needed. “I work from home, so gardening is not just a weekend thing,” says Ann. “Anytime I need to take a break, I walk outside.” Here are 10 design tips to keep in mind if you’re considering transforming your green grass into a garden getaway.