• When to plant root stock in Toronto

    I purchased some clematis, bleeding heart, ferns and astilbes as bagged roots a few weeks ago. They’ve been sitting in the house but are starting to smell. Is it too early to plant them in the garden now? Have I…

  • Pinching back Autumn Joy sedum

    As the result of the wind and rain, some of my Autumn Joy Sedums have their panicles parted from the others as the result of being top heavy. This creates an unattractive display. The same happens to my mums when…

  • Boneset

    Where can I buy a Boneset perennial for my garden. I live in Toronto…

  • Plant id – Red valerian

        I have been trying to find out what this plant is. It is growing north of Cobourg Ontario in a sunny location which is very dry and sandy soil. The flowerheads are made up of many tiny trumpet…

  • Peony needs trimming

    My daughter recently purchased a home which has a very large peony bush beside the front porch. It is not caged or supported so is overgrowing the front steps. How and when can I safely cut this back to recover…

  • Cutting back a bleeding heart

    Is it ok to cut it down after flowering or should I wait for it to die back? Just wondering if it’s like a bulb, where the foliage should be left to nourish the roots. Thx!…

  • Peony problem

    Can someone tell me what’s wrong with this peony bush? It was planted by a previous owner and is unfortunately stuck beside a 10 foot cedar hedge. Someone said it’s mildew to which I tried an anti fungal spray. It’s…

  • Small west facing front yard

    Our new home in Toronto, a semi, sits on a n.w. corner lot with the north side fenced off with a 3′ chain link fence from the heavily traveled sidewalk on Davenport Rd. Because of the heavy salting in winter…

  • Ornamental grasses that do well in Toronto

    Hello! We are redoing our landscaping and would like to include some ornamental grasses surrounded by black mulch. I’ve walked by many new houses with this style but the grasses often look spindly, unhealthy or dead. Are there specific types…

  • Overwintering coneflowers

    I live in Toronto zone 6 and I was wondering how to protect my new coneflowers that I recently planted. Since their roots haven’t had time to get established yet I was wondering if I could cover them with styrofoam…

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