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June 2012 Issue:

Early Summer 2012

Get inspired and colour your way! Beds and borders to suit every style; Deck advice from Income Property's Scott McGillivray; 10 trickes to grow the tastiest tomatoes ever and more.

Table of Contents


4 From the Editor

8 Feedback
What you think about what we do

9 CG Online
What’s new on our website

88 CG Dossier
More from the pages of Canadian Gardening

90 Natural Selection
We love our native Canada columbine


11 News & Trends
Fresh ideas and products for better gardening

16 Profile
Red hot poker: New varieties light up summer gardens

22 Beauty
Grow your own spa: Create natural spa treatments with homegrown herbs and ingredients from the kitchen

26 Stephen Speaks
The royal treatment: Stephen Westcott-Gratton digs into Constance Spry’s enduring floral legacy


28 Dirty Work
Beginner, intermediate and advanced techniques for growing succulents

32 Gardening 101
Big reds: Frankie Flowers offers tips for growing the tastiest tomatoes

36 Techniques
Backyard bliss: Scott McGillivray’s tips for building backyard decks


38 Set in Stone
Colourful jewel-like blooms add sparkle to rocky tiers stepped down a slope on the shores of Lake Ontario

46 Picture Perfect
A Kamloops, B.C., couple creates and captures the casual art that is the country garden

52 Age of Elegance
A gracious garden in a historic Vancouver neighbourhood reflects an earlier enchanting era

68 Emerald Islet
Judy Sahay digs deep into her Irish past and creates a garden in all shades of glorious green and more


60 Romance of the Rose
Admired for its delicate beauty and intoxicating fragrance, the rose holds strong as a symbol of love

78 Summer Lovin’
Our five favourite summer-fresh ingredients in easy recipes

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