Front & cen­tre

A front gar­den jam-packed with in­ter­est­ing plants is a sight worth stop­ping for.

Canadian Gardening Annual 2016 - - Great Garden Ideas 2016 - Text jen­nifer hughes | pho­tog­ra­phy ash­ley capp

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.

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