Rugosa rose bushes *

Hello. I have very thorny rose bushes along my shore. I am at a lake north of Toronto. I think they are called rugosa. After flowering, they produce berries. We cut them about 1/3 of the way back last year…

Winter protection for Japanese anemone?*

I’ve been growing ‘Honorine Jobert‘ in part sun in a sheltered spot for ten years in downtown Toronto. They came back every spring–sturdy and 4 feet tall! Then the entire patch (about 5 plants) didn’t make it through the winter.…

Hosta Search *

I’m trying to find a hosta that has huge leaves and grows in a flower shape as opposed to water fall and has a lot of white on the outer edges. Mostly white is preferable so you can see it…

Preserving fresh cut flowers *

How do I keep fresh cut flowers from the garden in their best health? I find some nocturnal rodent is nibbling at some of the delicate roses in the garden, so I decided to pick the flower sooner. One other…

Fall flowering perennial*

I have a beautiful perennial that grows by the fence in my garden…partial sun, mostly shade. It flowers every Fall, the last plant to flower, with beautiful purple flowers. We are in the north part of Toronto. We do not…

Dwarf English Lavender *

Hi, I just wanted to know if the Dwarf English Lavender plant does well in our climate. Does it need to be protected during the winter. Also, can I border it in front of hydrangeas? (the Annabelle variety). Thanks so…

Starting Bay Laurel From Seeds*

I read your article on starting bay laurel from seeds. The seeds on my tree are green. How do I know when and if they are ready to pick? Do I peel the skin off of them? Do I wait…

Day lilies*

Is it possible to get second bloom from day lilies. They always look so nice then when they are done it’s all just leaf.…

Blue clips campanula perennials*

Hi – would these plants do better with morning sun (east facing) or afternoon sun (west facing)? I have them in containers now, but will put them into my garden bed come September. Question is, which garden bed depending on…

Daylillies*

I always thought that a registered daylily should look exactly like the photo on the AHS website for example and not have any “imperfections.” Is this true or am I expecting too much? Thanks in advance for your reply.…