• 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…

  • Planting flowers

    I am moving to Toronto from California. Since I love to garden, what is the best way to find out about planting flowers in Toronto. I love yellow daisies.…

  • Perennial Recommendations

    I want to add some perennials to my garden this year.  I currently have a lilac, a hydrangea, some vines, some peonies, a Japanese maple and some roses.  Would like recommendations for perennials for the edge of the beds, to…

  • Liatris or blazing star care

    I have moved this summer into a new home in St. Catharines with fine gardens. I know nothing about gardens. In front is liatris or blazing star, and by the time I got the other gardens and lawns in order…

  • Overwintering perennials

    Please advise if and when should I be moving the following potted plants to the garage over the winter: 1) Hosta. 2) Hens & Chicks. 3) Perennial Dwarf Sweet William. Thanks.…

  • Growing Peonies

    Hi there, I planted a herbaceous peony last fall and it started growing in March (?), but, then it seems to stop growing after it is about 30cm tall (but it doesn’t die either). I’ve put a ‘ring’ around it…

  • Sweet woodruff

    I have lots of sweet woodruff in my backyard. Now that the flower has come and gone, I am hoping to get advice on what steps I should now take. Does it get cut back,  and if so, by how…