One of the prettiest places near my home is actually right across the border from me. I recently was visiting Niagara on the Lake with my friend Barbara. She is the gal I travel with most often and we both share a love of gardening.
What is it like visiting Niagara on the Lake? It is like visiting a European town with street-side cafés and people shopping with an international flare. You are transported miles away from your ordinary town to a place where the streets are clean and the flowers are planted with abandon just about everywhere flowers can be planted.
Granted they are all annuals, but what a show of color! In my post Cluster Theory – In Garden Design, I show containers with both annuals and perennials, but the annuals do make a prettier display to span the year. Let’s keep walking…
The café terrace where we stopped for lunch was adjacent to a luscious garden of heirloom vegetables and fragrant herbs. You could just smell the sweet fragrance of freshly picked herbs they were growing for the wholesome and rustic menu. I did not photograph while in the restaurant though, but did snap the photo below of some of their containers.
Another café below had a very colorful display.
Stroll a little further down the street and a charming little bakery with vintage styling draws you in with rustic wooden floors, time-worn counters and a touch of retro. That is what it is like to experience this adorable little town.
You get the quick aroma of coffee with a side of cookies, chocolate, cakes, and frappés. You wish you could have one of each! The aroma of the coffee follows you for hours. It is like tourists from all over the world mingle in friendly conservation at the cafés. I am not even a coffee drinker, but the delicate aroma could have converted me.
Niagara on the Lake has luxury boutiques and beautiful elegant streets complete with horse-drawn carriages, but you feel like home away from home with the friendly people you meet. There is a beautiful floral display at each business you pass.
If ever in Niagara Falls, Ontario, take the leisurely and scenic drive to Niagara on the Lake.