Free Plants Are Great, Part 3

I thought that you might like to see what we have planted on our terrace in Toronto this year.  The terrace is the best part of our condo in Toronto, it really extends our space all summer.  It is 30″ long by 10′ deep.  The stairs are in the middle of the terrace dividing it into two spaces. We have a sitting area on one side and a dining area on the other.

We had a number of ferns in the store in the early spring, maidenhair and kimberlys.  Also there were some caladiums. These became unsaleable, and I brought them home to plant in our urns. 

 gardenjuly09 135This is what they looked like when I brought them home. 



The terrace is very shady as there is condo building on both sides and I knew that ferns would do well.  Also, like a number of other designers, after working with colour all day, you appreciate a calm and serene environment.

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                            This is when they were first planted in late May.


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Maidenhair Ferns

Maidenhair Ferns



Maidenhair Ferns

Maidenhair Ferns

We like to use a couple of large mirrors on the terrace, it expands the space and also seems to bounce the light into the terrace.
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I really like this combo on our terrace, it did take a long time to start growing as the weather had been so cold.  The caladiums especially did not like it  and I thought that I would have to pull them out and throw them away.  But after a few weeks they started growing and they are beautiful now.

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    puppyparents said,

    Gorgeous! Looks like the perfect place to relax after a hectic day at the shop!

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    miss m said,

    Wow, your terrace looks amazing ! All your planters are lovely. I’m really digging the rusty one with the Maidenhair fern.

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      I love that rusty container, (one day the bottom will probably fall right out). I love big pieces, rather have one massive pot than a bunch of small ones. Ferns do really well here!

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