• Wilted melon vine

    I’m in Toronto, good soil, sunny spot.  A melon seed from composter soil sprouted and I have a long vine with many flowers and one pale green/dark green stripes, oval fruit, which is about 6″ long.  The vine has now…

  • Creeping vines

    I have a lovely vine coming over the fence from my neighbour’s property. Looks like grape leaf.  It goes everywhere and I have been cutting it back so it won’t strangle my plants.  Am I being overly cautious?…

  • Do I need to prune my 12 year old grape vine?

    I have a 12 year old grape vine that shades the patio in my back yard.  It has produced fruit for 11 years and then last year the grapes all turned black and fell off.  I can see that it’s…

  • Climbing hydrangea – my 2 year old plant has brown spots.

    Climbing hydrangea – my 2 year old plant has brown spots especially on the tips of the leaves.  The leaves are also beginning to curl.  This condition seems to be spreading upwards from the leaves at the base.…

  • Design query for a narrow path

    My parent has an old garage, with a pathway to a laneway in the shadow of the attached picture, bordering the neighbour’s garage wall, where I’m decluttering. How do I landscape an area that is barren, so it doesn’t look…

  • Planting in a damp area

    We would like to plant a vine or climbing plant on a newly constructed trellis. The challenge is that the area can be wet in spring. The location gets full sun from early morning until early evening: it faces south…

  • Vines and grasses for containers

    I have two questions, both about container gardening in Toronto. 1. Suggestions for a perennial climbing vine for a third floor hot deck (with a watering system) 1a) is there a hardy clematis that might survive the winter? 2. Suggestions…

  • English ivy on fence looks dead

    We have a lot of ivy on our wooden fence in the backyard and growing up a white pine. It has always looked lovely. This year it looks dead–light brown in colour–I’m assuming it has something to do with the…

  • Lime hops

    I recently purchased a plant at a horticulture club plant sale labeled as lime hops. I’ve tried looking the plant up on the web but have found nothing. I was hoping to use home grown hops for beer making but…

  • Boston Ivy Turned Brown

    After a long hard winter my boston ivy has turned completely brown, there is no green new plants. The ivy covers my chain link Fence which gives us complete privacy. I am very concerned the ivy will not recover, any…

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