See how different plants that grow in Toronto (AgCanada hardiness zone 6; USDA zone 5) look all year round and at different stages in their life cycles.
Rudbeckia hirta (black-eyed Susan).
Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline' (beebalm).
Lilium 'Dot Com' (Asiatic lily).
Liatris spicata (blazing star).
Lavandula angustifolia (lavender).
Hosta (don't know which one).
Hemerocalis fulva (orange daylily). (I would not plant this myself as it is considered invasive in our area but my landlord's son is very attached to it.)
Heliotropium arborescens (heliotrope).
Helianthus annuus (sunflower).
Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower).
Astilbe (don't know which one).
Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed).
Last but not least, Dionaea muscipula (Venus flytrap). Since this little one is portable, it's coming with me!
It's amazing to walk around the garden at this time of year to see all of the plants in bud. Hopefully yours will be a show stopper for your return. Its always a nice way to be welcomed home!
I'm also working on a list of all the plants native to Toronto (still in development).