• 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…

  • Noxious Weed? Mullein

    This plant is growing in a part shady, sunny area on the west side of the house. I would like to remove the weed, but not sure if it is poisonous. Can you tell me the best way to remove…

  • Difficult gardening area

    I have a space approx 12 ft x 4 ft. It has a wooden wall (separating it from the driveway along one long edge, a short concrete wall (15 inches high) on the other long edge and the house along…

  • How to deal with Dog-strangling vine

    I have a garden that contains a Honeysuckle vine, Vinca groundcover and Lily-of-the Valley, and also something that I originally assumed was milkweed, and thought, “I’ll leave this to grow, and it’ll attract butterflies!”  I now realize it’s Dog Strangling…

  • Winterizing Perennials

    With respect to the following question I asked before, I live in Sarnia in Southwestern Ontario. Please advise if and when should I be moving the following potted plants to the garage over the winter: 1) Hosta. 2) Hens &…

  • Transplanting wild phlox

    I have lovely volunteer wild phlox growing in my garden where I don’t want them, but I have a perfect place where they would look wonderful. Can I transplant them, and if so, when is the best time to do…

  • Ferns

    I have a new bed to plant but it is very shady. I wonder what you might suggest. I have hosta and violets on my list. I wonder about ferns. I don’t know anything about ferns. Is there some you…

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