• Perennial Asters

    Should I cut the dead branches from last year off the aster clump or will the new growth come from those same branches?…

  • Plant Identification

    I am looking for help with identifying this plant. It is newly emerging (mid April) in a garden bed in Toronto, Ontario. There are many of them, concentrated in one area. The bed is in partial shade under cedars. I…

  • Adding nutrients to established perennial garden

    We have a VERY full perennial garden in a southfacing position. I want to add nutrients to the soil this spring  to keep my plants healthy, without digging into the garden (I am afraid I will disturb the perennials roots).…

  • Helleborus

    On Friday I purchased a Helleborus at your Garden Store at Canada Blooms and I was wondering how to care for it until I’m able to plant it outside in my garden. Thank you for advice.…

  • Perennial in Front of Cedars

    Hi, I’m in the High park area. I have 3 cedars in the north east corner of the backyard. I would like to plant a flowering bush, in front of them, and then some smaller perennials. They have full southern…

  • Ornamental Grasses and Shrubs – Full Sun Hot Yard

    Oakville – backyard – 10-12 hours a day full sun – blazing hot in the summer What (if any) ornamental grasses, shrubs, flowers that are perennials do well in low grade (clay escarpment) soil and full sun all day long?…

  • (1) Leaves still on the Trees and Shrubs (2) Cutting back Perennials in Fall

    Because of an early frost,in October, most of the trees and shrubs never lost their leaves. My questions: 1. Is this a problem? If so, what can I do? 2. A separate issue is when to cut back he stalks…

  • Climbing Idea(s) for Pergola

    I live in Zone 4. I have a deck 8 ft off the ground that gets high winds early in summer. I have a corner pergola on the deck and a large planter box below it. It’s south facing and…

  • Asters Baked in the Sun

    I don’t know what happened, but with the temperature extremes in the west GTA last week, my asters, which were going to be my stars for the rest of autumn, just shrivelled. Should I just accept the situation and “cut”…

  • Trilliums coming up in October?!

    I recently planted several trillium plants (grandiflorum and erectum) that were shared from a friend’s garden. They have been planted under a large linden tree where they get early morning sun but are in fairly dense shade the rest of…