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January 2010 Issue:

Garden design at its best

Your no-fail list for a colourful perennial border; 10 lessons from great Irish gardens; Plant your own version of famous international gardens; Ornamental oxalis indoors and out; 9 ways to get the cover look and more!

Table of Contents


4 Editor’s letter

8 Snapshots

74 transCanada
Our correspondents report on the country’s gardening regions

80 Source guide

82 Natural selection
Our native sundew


11 News
The latest news, tips, ideas and more

14 Hort couture
Our holiday gift guide

18 Notes from a gardener
And the winner is… Editor-at-large Stephen Westcott-Gratton reveals his choice for a new tree

20 Star plant
Oxalis: Colourful shamrocks offer an easy-care touch of spring all year long


22 Techniques
Propagating plants using leaf cuttings: Simple steps to filling your home with the houseplants you love


27 Global Inspiration
Stealing Beauty: Customize the design of these world-renowned gardens to get the look in your own backyard

34 Before & After
Free Hand: At Ontario’s Ste. Anne’s Country Inn and Spa, the border plantings are as relaxed as the guests

50 2 Irish Gardens, 10 Design Lessons
Editor-in-Chief Erin McLaughlin takes readers on a tour of Ireland’s finest gardens

40 Window of Opportunity
Strong design elements merge with lush, vibrant plantings to give this garden sophisticated appeal

58 Perfect Symmetry
An elegant Montreal garden effortlessly balances a formal framework with an informal attitude growing

66 Heads Up!
Homegrown garlic, with its heart-healthy benefits and powerful flavour, more than deserves its place in your plot

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