• Roses not as bountiful this year – why?

    This year my roses don’t have as many blooms and the ones they have are not as big?  Why is this?…

  • Yucca plant: when can I cut back dried branches

    I have a large Yucca plant, and most of the branches are strong. It’s now about 7 or 8 years old, grows indoors, and is planted in a large pot about 35cm in diameter. But some of the lower branches…

  • Hedge trimming times

    What is the best time of year to trim a (swamp?) cedar hedge (in Scarborough)? We would like to trim it in August if possible, but we don’t want to ruin the hedge either.…

  • rose of sharon bush

    when is best time to trim rose of sharon and how much can you take off. Mine is rather large and I am tempted to cut it well back?…

  • Bartlett pear tree – fruit buds dropping off early every year.

    Hi.I live in Toronto and have 2 pear trees, one about 13 years old, and the other around 15 years old. They are about 4 ft. apart.  Each year I get lots of blossoms, and after the blossoms have dropped…

  • Beauty Bush

    Partial sun – SW corner of yard which is fenced in. Topped up with compost annually. This year we had few blossoms but amazing growth of new wood so the shape is hidden with new growth. We usually prune after…

  • Aggressive Ivy in Garden

    Hi There, I have boston ivy, virginia creeper and euonymous growing on my fences and they have been spreading across my lawn until there is almost no grass left. I cannot do much about the vines on the fence (as…

  • Encouraging growth on bare branches of white cedars

    Is there any way to encourage foliage growth on sections of white cedar branches or trunk that are bare? I have a 25ft hedge in the Toronto area. The soil is heavy clay, the hedge is in Sun in the…

  • Pruning Daphne

    I have a deciduous daphne that is 5 years old, or older; it blooms in the spring, before the leaves open. It is lovely, but is getting too big. Can I prune it? If so, how much and when?  …

  • Lilac candidate for rehab

    Albeit belatedly, this spring we pruned back the Arctic Willow that had deprived our lilac of light. Given the lilac’s current shape (photo attached) I’m unsure how, or whether, pruning might restore some lower branches to grow. How severely can…