• balcony gardening

    My balcony is north facing and shaded by other buildings so there’s not much I can plant there. I’d like to put a couple of trees in tubs. Can you suggest varieties that can stand the lack of sunlight and…

  • Short hardy vine

    My daughter lives in downtown Toronto (Kensington Market area) and has a space 3′ by about 13′ between a sidewalk and a lattice fence she would like to hide. She is very busy and needs something to plant that needs…

  • Lilac bush and peeling bark from maple tree

    Hi, there. I have a few gardening problems I need help with. I have a lilac bush in the backyard that was planted over 13 years ago. Every year it blooms and has been bushy and healthy. This year in…

  • Dealing with dry shade

    I have a ravine type back yard. Three levels. The third level is very shady and dry. There is one very big tree, probably over 50 years and one pine tree. It grows lots of weeds. What should I do…

  • Coleus

    I was all prepared to put lots of coleus in my garden then discovered it’s a shade plant.  I get full afternoon sun.  Will it do well at all?  I ended up buying one plant to see how it will…

  • Colourfull bushes

    Hello, I am sharing a patch of grass with my neighbour in between or houses which gets only the afternoon sun. We would like to plant three colourful bushes or plant with little maintenance as possible. I would like to…

  • Climbing plant for trellis/pergola on balcony

    Hi, I am moving to a row townhouse in May located in Mississauga (Zone 6a) with a walk out balcony having a trellis/pergola type structure (pic attached) on it facing North. The floor of the balcony is wooden. What kind…

  • Replacement Shade Tree

    Good Day, We live in the Scarborough Bluffs and have two crabapple trees that have unfortunately died due to blight. They provided shade and visual interest over a backyard patio, and we’d like to plant two new trees in their…

  • Landscaping Plants Under a mature White Pine

    Please advise on what plants – shrubs, flowers and groundcovers are recommended for planting under a mature white pine.…

  • Butterfly/bee gardens

    Would conditions in a small churchyard in downtown Toronto be suitable to attract butterflies and bees? The space faces north, is bordered by buildings on three sides and a busy road on the fourth, and gets about 3-4 hours of…

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