Jul 19, 2022
This month on the Down the Garden Path podcast,
landscape designers Matthew Dressing and Joanne Shaw discuss the
wide assortment of shrubs available for your gardens and
landscapes. With so many wonderful new and tried-and-true shrubs on
the market, they believe there are a few that deserve more
attention. So, in this episode, they share some of the hidden gems
you can find at your local independent garden centre.
Join Joanne and Matt as
they discuss hidden gems you can find at your local garden
Here are some of the questions and topics covered in this
- How do Matt and Joanne define a hidden gem?
- Joanne's favourites:
- Microbiota or Russian Cypress, Microbiota decussata –
zone 3-7, 6”-18” tall by 36” wide, evergreen, full sun to partial
shade, burgundy bronze fall colour.
- Carol Mackie Daphne, Daphne × burkwoodii 'Carol
Mackie' – zones 4-8, 2-3’ tall by 3-4’ wide, semi-evergreen,
partial shade, fragrant pale pink flowers in May.
- Cutleaf Gold Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa ‘Lemony
Lace’ – zones 3-7, 3-5’ tall by 4-6’ wide, deciduous, full sun to
part shade, fragrant white flowers in May and June. Berries are
sour but edible.
- Matt's favourites:
- Low Scape series Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa
cultivars from Proven Winners – zones 3-9, 1-5’ tall by 2-5’ wide,
deciduous, white flowers in mid spring, edible dark purple berries
and orange-red fall foliage. Berries are edible.
- Tint Tuff Stuff Ah-ha Mountain Hydrangea, Hydrangea
serrata ‘SMNHSDD’ – zones 5-9, 3’ tall and wide, deciduous,
pink or blue lace cap flowers from summer through fall, with red
- Caryopteris or Bluebeard, Caryopteris cultivars –
zones 5-9, 2-3’ feet tall and wide, deciduous, true blue flowers in
late summer to fall.
Down the Garden Path
Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional
landscape designers Joanne
Shaw and Matthew Dressing
discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and
As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne
Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of
Toronto for over a decade. A horticulturist and landscape designer,
Matthew Dressing owns Natural Affinity Garden Design,
a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto
and the Eastern GTA. Together, they do their best to bring you
interesting, relevant and useful topics to help you keep your
garden as low maintenance as possible.
In their new book, Down the Garden Path: A
Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden, Joanne and
Matthew distill their horticultural and design expertise and their
combined experiences in helping others create and maintain thriving
gardens into one easy-to-read monthly reference guide. It's now
available on Amazon.