thyme plant

Growing thyme in the cottage garden

It’s always a good time in Muskoka You can walk on it and bathe with it, eat it, drink it, or just enjoy its scent. It’s supposed to boost your courage and decrease your melancholy, repel snakes and attract faeries to your garden. It’s a trouble-free garden plant that asks for nothing more than dry […]

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monarch butterfly

More than monarch butterflies

Native plants like milkweed are good for monarchs, but what about all the other butterflies? Monarch butterflies are the poster child of the butterfly world, and with good reason. Their annual migration is one of the true miracles of nature, a multi-generational epic trek that sees great-great-great grandchildren going from Mexico to Muskoka, returning to […]

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Gardening in planters

By Andrew Wagner-Chazalon Can’t contain your enthusiasm for gardening? Planters and pots are perfect for Muskoka cottage landscapes Containers and planters aren’t just an option for most Muskoka gardens: they’re essential. Lush planters filled with flowers at the end of the dock, window boxes overflowing with vibrant annuals, and creative containers artfully placed around the […]

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Let your garden bring you joy

Need a boost to your mental health? A garden full of lush plants can help By Andrew Wagner-Chazalon When our spirits need a lift, we seek comfort in all kinds of places and things. But above all, we seek joy in our gardens. Whether it’s a sweeping landscape at a cottage in Muskoka or some […]

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monarch butterfly

Blooms for nature in your flower garden

Annuals and perennials bring garden joy to the Muskoka cottage. And the natural world delights in flowers just as much as we do. All winter, our world was a sea of white. In spring, it turned to muddy brown with increasing splashes of green. But by late spring and early summer we want to see […]

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Gardening in planters

Hanging planters, planter boxes and other container gardens are perfect for growing flowers in Muskoka Any landscaping project at your Muskoka cottage must cope with two unalterable realities: the season is short, and the soil is shallow. We can’t do much about the length of our summers, but we certainly have options when it comes […]

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purple wildflowers

The delights of a fragrant garden

Scented blooms, aromatic shrubs, fragrant flowers and more can help you take your gardening to the next level. So much of our garden planning revolves around visuals. Gardeners tend to select plants for their colour, their shape, and the pattern of their leaves. This year, why not rediscover one of the oldest attractants known? Plant […]

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purple coneflowers

Don’t plant invasive species

Let’s give nature a helping hand by growing these native plants in the cottage garden There was a time when gardeners didn’t worry about planting invasive species. In Muskoka and elsewhere, we would happily fill our gardens and borders with anything that grew quickly, spread well, and didn’t have any pests. Purple loosestrife? Sure. Periwinkle? […]

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Planning garden from your travels

Whether your traveling has been real or virtual, you can still find inspiration for your Muskoka cottage garden In a typical year, many of us will visit gardens when we travel. This year, a lot of us have been getting our fix by watching gardening programs instead, planting and planning vicariously with gardeners like Monty […]

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Leaves in the garden

A great Muskoka cottage landscape involves more than just flowers. Gardening with leaves in mind will help you enjoy colour and structure all year round.  We gardeners tend to obsess over flowers, and with good reason. But a gorgeous garden isn’t just about the blooms. Leaves in the garden also serve a vital purpose, adding […]

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