• Can I plant now in mid-August?

    I am a first time home buyer and have a nice space in front porch which I feel to do gardening. 1. My front porch is facing west, there are three place that I plan to do plant i)Two small…

  • Growing native primulas

    I have grown Primula laurentiana and Primula mistassinica from seed and have several plants of both to locate in my garden. This is where I need help. Are their pH requirements about the same? How much sun exposure and need…

  • August perennial flowers

    We have no blooms left in our part shade garden 4B zone. Amended clay soil. We need some perennials that bloom in August. Can you help?    …

  • Ground cover(s) for shady area

    At present, there is a strip of land 14″ by 70′ along the lot line between my property and that of my neighbour. While the strip runs north to south, it receives only 45 minutes of sunlight because of the…

  • Transplanting an aruncus

    I am in zone 5, in Kingston, ON. 4 years ago I planted 2 astilbes on either side of a purpleleaf sandcherry tree. It turned out that one of the astilbes was actually an aruncus! It is beautiful, but way…

  • Is it necessary to divide mums?

    I have a mass of mums that originated from a fall planting about 4 years ago. Presently, it is about 1 meter in diameter with no voids. Eventually, it’s mere size will necessitate dividing; however, do I risk the centre…

  • Astilbe with greenish-yellow leaves

    I’ve had two small perennial astilbe for two years. This year the neighbouring hosta leaves are shading the lower part of the astilbe so I removed some of the hosta leaves. I discovered that although the upper unshaded astilbe leaves…

  • What perennials to plant?

    Hello, We had bought a corner lot home a few years back and did not realize that maintaining a lawn would incur so much of time and dedication. I now plan to make a bed of colours in the middle…

  • Pruning Buddleia (Butterfly bush)

    Hello, I have two butterfly bushes in a back garden that have thrived on neglect. I now realize I need to prune but I have read conflicting advice. Some say cut down stalks to just above soil, others 60 cms,…

  • Temporary Transplant

    I wish to transplant the hostas from the front of the porch, while it’s renovated. I wonder generally how to do this? I’m not sure when the work will begin, but I suppose it’s better now that later. However, these…