Garden Design

We’re out on the road again with friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong, who has sent in photos of another of the many beautiful gardens she’s had the chance to visit this year.

Today I’m sharing some photos of this charming garden we serendipitously found on our road trip on Vancouver Island this August. The Gardens on Anderton is a community garden in Comox, British Columbia, run purely by volunteers. As you can see, the dahlia garden is wonderful! Admission is by donation, so if you visit, please donate generously.

dahlia gardenWow! Look at those huge plantings of incredible dahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–11 or as an annual). Dahlias bloom most of the summer but always peak as summer turns into fall.

tall Verbena bonariensisBut it isn’t just dahlias—beautiful layers of plants fill the garden here, with tall Verbena bonariensis (Zones 7–10 or as an annual) in the foreground.

lavender planter A simply elegant planting of a single lavender plant (Lavandula sp., Zones 5–9) in a container

lush planting of shrubs and perennialsThis beautiful little water garden is wrapped in a lush planting of shrubs and perennials.

A bench to sit and soak up the garden beautyIt’s hard to believe that this incredible space is run entirely by volunteers. What a labor of love!

flower boxes hanging from the windowI love the pops of blue color from the window boxes and window frames.

Dahlias come in a dazzlingly wide range of colorsBack to the dahlias. Dahlias come in a dazzlingly wide range of colors and forms and heights. I love how this planting starts in warm salmon tones at the left and then transforms into shades of pink to the right.

dahlia with just a single layer of white petalsA simple dahlia with just a single layer of white petals

warm salmon petalsThis dahlia has a totally different, but equally beautiful, look with its layers and layers of narrow salmon petals.

beautiful gardenOne last look at this beautiful garden. Thanks for taking us to visit, Cherry!

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