• 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…

  • Vines for shady courtyard?

    Hello Master Gardener! We are hoping you can help us to choose vines for a shade garden. It is bright there all day, but only has direct sun for a short time each day on the north wall. The garden-to-be…

  • What to plant with Emerald cedars

    I have a row of emerald cedars. I want to create more garden beds in front of them. It is partial/full shade. do you have suggestions as to what would be best in front of them. the soil is mainly…

  • What perennials are good for shade gardens?

    I have a front garden that is almost always in shade. What perennials can you suggest? Besides lily of the valley and bleeding heart and hosta and hydrangea?…

  • Grass for Shady garden

    What type of grass could be used for a very shady garden with Oak, Maple and Birch trees?  …

  • privacy hedges

    I have a property in the Haliburton highlands. It is heavily treed with mainly maple, hemlock, fir and pine. As a result much of the property is shaded most of the time. The soil is sandy and well drained. I…

  • Shady lawn has mildew

    A black walnut tree dominates our yard, with its canopy covering nearly the entire space. We planted Kentucky blue grass, which seems to have developed a white powdery mildew. How can I get rid of the mildew?  Is there another…

  • Plants to grow in flagstone path?

    I recently installed a simple flagstone path in my shady back garden – what are some plants that could grow between the stones? something low-growing, durable and perhaps aromatic? I sunk each stone individually so that the soil between them…

  • Ferns

    I have a new bed to plant but it is very shady. I wonder what you might suggest. I have hosta and violets on my list. I wonder about ferns. I don’t know anything about ferns. Is there some you…

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