By Corey Elliott

When it comes to putting together a new garden bed, plant selection can often prove to be an
overwhelming task. With near-endless options and new varieties emerging each year, it’s no wonder
we often find ourselves humming and hawing – so to save you the work we have put together a few themed templates that will help you to create a garden bed that is sure to be the envy of your neighbourhood.

Formal Garden

Inspired by the timeless and elegant gardens of the United Kingdom, this formal entryway garden provides plenty of structure while incorporating a variety of long flowering shrubs and perennials. Expect an abundance of all summer flowers on tidy, well-behaved plants.

Exposure: Sun to Part Shade

Cedar Rim Nursery Paint by numbers Formal

Plant List

  1. Green Velvet Boxwood (Buxus ‘Green Velvet’)
  2. Eternal Fragrance Daphne (Daphne trans. ‘Eternal Fragrance’)
  3. Trautman Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Trautman’)
  4. Bobo Hydrangea (Hydrangea pan. ‘Bobo’)
  5. Sage Advice Russian Sage (Perovskia atr. ‘Sage Advice’)
  6. Purrsian Blue Catmint (Nepeta ‘Purrsian Blue’)
  7. Perfect Profusion Salvia (Salvia ‘Perfect Profusion’)
  8. Limelight Hydrangea (Treeform) (Hydrangea pan. ‘Limelight’)

Mediterranean Garden

Ciao! Inspired by the rugged coasts of Italy, this drought-tolerant garden is long flowering and loaded with texture. Expect to spend less of your summer maintaining this garden and more time relaxing with an Aperol Spritz.

Exposure: Full Sun

Cedar Rim Nursery Paint by numbers Mediterranean

Plant List

  1. Totem Pole Switchgrass (Panicum vir. ‘Totem Pole’)
  2. Trautman Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Trautman’)
  3. Catmint (Nepeta)
  4. English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  5. Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantina)
  6. Mexican Orange Blossom (Choisya ternata)
  7. Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa tenuissima)
  8. Ornamental Onion (Allium)
  9. Fruiting Fig
  10. Eternal Fragrance Daphne (Daphne trans. ‘Eternal Fragrance’)

Japanese Garden

Konichiwa! Inspired by the Kyoto region of Japan, this minimalistic garden instills a sense of tranquility with its vibrant shades of green and lush, flowing textures.

Exposure: Partial Sun

Cedar Rim Nursery Paint by numbers Japanese

Plant List

  1. Tassel Fern (Polystichum Polyblepharum)
  2. Japanese Forest Grass (Hakon. macra. ‘All Gold’)
  3. Thoweil Hinoki Cypress (Cham. obtusa ‘Thoweil’)
  4. Slender Hinoki Cypress (Cham. obtusa ‘Gracilis’)
  5. Slowmound Mugo Mine (Pinus m. ‘Slowmound’)
  6. Green Velvet Boxwood (Buxus ‘Green Velvet’ Globe Form)
  7. Red Dragon Japanese Maple (Acer pal. diss. ‘Red Dragon’)
  8. Shishi Gashira Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Shishi Gashira’)
  9. Lemon Lime Nandina (Nandina domestica ‘Lemon Lime’)
  10. Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
  11. Irish Moss (Sagina subulata)
  12. Mikawa Yatsubusa Maple (Acer pal. ‘Mikawa yatsubusa’)