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The constant gardener

Stephanie Whittaker
Photography by
Angus Mcritchie

A Quebec plantswoman’s tireless efforts are rewarded with a spectacular fall garden

CG-1107-Perodeau-N.jpgLiliana’s true horticultural adventure began when she converted a gentle slope, which starts about three metres from the back wall of the house, into a rockery (made from the remains of farmers’ stone fences), which is filled with perennials and a collection of succulents.

From there, the garden developed, one border and tree at a time, as Liliana educated herself in design by reading and later enrolling in a landscape architecture program. By the early 1990s, she was designing gardens for others.

CG-1107-Perodeau-L.jpgVisitors can be forgiven for assuming they’re seeing Liliana’s garden at its peak regardless of what time of year they arrive. In fact, that’s how this consummate plantswoman planned it. A spectacular spring show of bulbs (including crocuses and the beautiful ‘Daydream’ tulips, which change colour as they mature from apricot to orange to yellow with a rose glow) and other early bloomers gives way to the summer garden, with its vast array of plants, including shrub roses and daylilies.

The tour of Liliana’s autumn garden begins in the front yard, where a mixed border sits beneath the living room window and flowerbeds surround an irregularly shaped grass plot. Here, a lilac is underplanted with a collection of hostas and grasses.

CG-1107-Perodeau-O.jpgCloser to the house, a ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’) offers striking crimson foliage and shares space with a ‘Tardiva’ hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’), whose white blossoms continue to mature into the autumn.

In the backyard, the rockery runs the width of the garden. Following the stunning spring display, a vast collection of succulents among the stones continues to look fresh through fall. Perched atop the rockery, Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) and asters show off their blooms.

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