• 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…

  • Vines in planters?

    Hi! I am trying to desperately add some privacy to our backyard along our fence line. There is very little space between the retaining wall and the fence line so, unless we find a way of building a much thinner…

  • Where can I find seeds for this vine?

    A gardener at Rosetta Maclain identified a burgundy leafed vine as “Mina Lobeta” and said the city grows them from seed in their greenhouse. Where can I get some seeds?…

  • Suitable espalier candidates for Toronto semi-shaded garden

    Hi, my backyard has a very high fence, 12 feet high, facing south but shaded because of lots of oak trees. I am growing English Ivy on it, which is kind of boring. Is there a vine or shrub that…

  • Climbing vines

    5 years ago I planted Virginia Creeper at my 3-storey townhouse. It’s far too … healthy! It now consumes the entire façade, part of the neighbours houses and even creeps along the power lines. At my age, I’m not comfortable…

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