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July 2012 Issue:

Summer 2012

100+ Summer Gardening Ideas: Tricks to grow edibles; 17 best perennials; backyard entertaining; win a trip to the garden of your dreams and more!

Table of Contents


4 From the Editor

8 CG Online

What’s new on our website

9 Feedback
What you think about what we do

80 CG Dossier
More from the pages of Canadian Gardening

90 Natural Selection
We love our native closed bottle gentian


11 News & Trends
Fresh ideas and products for better gardening

16 Profile
Butterfly bush: Perfumed buddleja happily plays nice with other garden performers

20 Stephen Speaks
Taking stock: Stephen Westcott-Gratton rounds up his favourite summer plants and takes to his bed

22 Health
Blueberries: Plump bundles of goodness that not only taste great, but also keep you feeling young


24 Dirty Work
Beginner, intermediate and advanced techniques for deadheading

26 Gardening 101
Sense & sensibility: Frankie Flowers offers tips on repelling garden pests

30 Easy Does It
With a savvy garden plan and a bit of imagination, it’s easy to get the outdoor space you’ve been dreaming of

36 Fertile Ground
When serendipity brought a gardener and two creative craftsmen together in this garden, magic happened

50 World of Wonders
A visit to Graham Smyth’s garden is like a whirlwind trip around the globe

58 French Immersion
Landscape architect Ron Rule creates a Gallic-style oasis in the midst of the Marine West Coast Forest


42 Flower-Garden Gourmet
Blooms add dazzling colour and a subtle bouquet to your signature summer dishes

64 Edible Gardens
Try these 12 simple tips and tricks for growing edibles in your own backyard

70 Nature, Preserved
Prepared and sealed to perfection, summer’s fruitful harvest will last for seasons to come

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