Aldona Satterthwaite

Visit A Dramatic Garden  on  page 5 in Gardening from a Hammock to learn how Aldona combines what she calls backbone plants with her boldly coloured perennials.

Gardening from a Hammock

After the rain Photo by Aldona Satterthwaite ©

We like how she combines plants to make a statement. For example, she recommends the following three plants together, adding a colour backbone of reds and blue: hardy purple coneflower with its dark red stems and purple flowers with reddish centres; fleeceflower with its deep red flowers; and eastern blue star with its willow-like foliage and starry blue flowers.

Gardening from a Hammok

Aldona at work at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Master Gardener Aldona Satterthwaite is executive director of the Toronto Botanical Garden. She has enjoyed a varied and successful writing and editing career and can be reached at director@ Learn more about the TBG at

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