Swamp cedar hedge*

My swamp cedar hedge bought at a nursery ten years ago has grown at least twelve feet high. It is in dry clay soil in full sun. Caledon area just north of Toronto. It looks beautiful to me as I…

Plants for a hedge*

Hello, We bought a house in one of Boston, MA suburbs. We’d like to have a hedge (about 6-7 feet tall, full sun) in front of the house to reduce the traffic noise and to have more privacy. The perimeter…

Do White Cedars change colour in fall?

Hello! We had white cedars planted as a privacy hedge in April and they have been so so well! Last week however, I noticed some trees were starting to turn yellow. The leaves are soft and moist but the color…

Hicks Yews

Hello, I would like to grow an 8′ privacy hedge in a 85% shaded area. Is this the best plant for my requirements? I am in Oshawa Zone 6A. Thank You in advance.…

Conifers for tight space

Hi, I email you earlier for a deciduous tree for a tight space and thank you for your advice and recommendations! Hi, I live in Toronto, ON. I have a rather small backyard (40ft x 25ft) Do you have any…

Hedging trees for small backyard in Toronto

Hi, I live in Toronto, ON. I have a rather small backyard (40ft x 25ft) I would like to plant a deciduous tree(s) as a privacy hedge from the neighbour. I would like something that has non-invasive roots to protect…

White spruce

Hi, I’m hoping to plant 3-4 white spruce trees in my backyard to form a tall privacy hedge, because they grow tall enough (20m) but stay relatively narrow, and are evergreen therefore very low maintenance. My question is: how far…

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

Location Toronto, Etobicoke, north, away from the lake. Planting location west side of house partially protected by 9 ft purple beech hedge. See conflicting info on the shape. Is it a globe shape or columnar? Some tape show columnar while…

Planting multiple Ivory Lilac Trees

Hello, I have a 100 foot line of property, and would like to plant my new 10 Japanese Ivory Lilac trees in a line for privacy. Can I plant them 10 feet apart to create a hedge-like privacy barrier?…

Gardening with Native Shrubs: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Shrubs in the garden landscape Although shrubs may be somewhat “overshadowed” by their taller and more charismatic tree cousins, their size and multi-branching habit make them the unsung heroes of the garden, valuable for both their variety and versatility. In…