When to plant a shrub

(Question)

Hi. I would like to put a Yew shrub and some other various shrubs into our flower bed. I live in the Niagara region. The soil has a lot of clay in it and gets afternoon sun. Is it ok to do this now that the weather is turning hot and humid? Should I wait until the fall to do so? I would appreciate hearing from you on this subject. Thank you for your time.
Best regards, Lina

(Answer)

Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners. It’s a little late now for planting shrubs. The best time to transplant is the spring (so they have a chance to establish their roots before the leaves are in full growth and the heat arrives) or early fall (so they have a chance to establish their roots in preparation for the winter).

June 7, 2021