• 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…

  • Gardening in a mostly shady plot

    Hello, I am interested in designing a garden for our front and back yard. I really love the work of Piet Oudolf, but we don’t have full sun in the front yard. Partial sun. pretty shady in the backyard. (…

  • Ground cover for erosion control in shady ravine

    Hi there, My yard backs onto a ravine in Cliffcrest just near the Scarborough Bluffs (but not on the Bluff). I’m looking for a recommendation for a low maintenance, shade tolerant ground cover that could help control erosion on an…

  • Never owned a garden – help with a very small plot please!

    We have purchased a condo with a small garden area. Over the summer plants have grown but we’re unsure of what they are and the area looks very messy. The stone slabs are also receding into the soil. We receive…

  • Overseeding lawn

    Hello, I’m planning to overseed our lawn. It has quite a few bare spots from mismanagement and neglect. I’m planning to do the following: 1)Mow the lawn and collect the cuttings 2)Rake and dethatch. 3)Aerate 4)Apply top soil 5)Seed 6)Water…

  • Nothing grows under our silver maple

    Hello, we live in Milton, ON where we have a good sized backyard with most areas receiving sun. We grow a lot of vegetables and berries with a lot of success. That said, in one corner of our yard, encompassing…

  • 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…

  • Where can I buy ground covers for shaded area in Toronto?

    I live in the Dufferin / St. Clair area of Toronto. I am replacing my grass lawn with a clover lawn in the sunny area of my back yard. I also have a semi to deep shaded area under my…

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