• Replanting under a 10-year-old pagoda dogwood

    I am in downtown Toronto and have a full shade sand/loam site with a 10 year old pagoda dogwood under which I have been planting perennials and ferns since the tree was first planted. There is also a euonymous vine…

  • Plant id – rock cress

    Hello, I am trying to identify a perennial (photos attached). The flowers are deep purple in color and appear each spring. The plant is not very tall, about 10 – 12” and grows in a mound. Your help is greatly…

  • Slug deterrent

    I have hostas that have been chewed by slugs in the past years. They are starting to unfurl their leaves now. I was wondering if zebra mussel shells might be an option to add around the base of each hosta…

  • 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…

  • clematis mess

    I live in Colorado, zone 5. I cut my clematis to the ground last fall. It came back healthy, but a tangled mess of 4 foot vines that I cannot separate, Will I damage them if I cut them back…

  • First spring wildflower – coltsfoot

    I am in Simcoe County a bit behind Toronto in climate and blooms; however, I may suggest the only blooming flower in the forest today is the Coltsfoot in sparse locations on the trails, but more abundant close to the…

  • Plant id – Giant butterbur

    Hello: I’m having a little trouble identifying a plant that recently sprouted in our garden. I suspect it’s a weed of some kind, but I’ve never come across it before. Can you help? I’m located in the west end of…

  • Monarch butterfly/milkweed

    I’ve paid attention to David Suzuki’s request to plant milkweed for the monarch butterflys – swamp milkweed seems the best for a small garden & I’ve sourced a local supplier. my question is regarding the caterpillers produced by the monarch’s…

  • Ivy – cut back or leave alone??

    My feeble old ivy grew vigorously last summer (on an east facing fence).  Now it looks dreadful.  Shall I cut it back?  Hard?  or what do you advise? Thank you for your help.…

  • Looking to buy some plant seeds

    Hi there. I was just wondering where I would be able to find some daucus carota seeds in Toronto. Your help would be most appreciated. Thank you so much.…