Eastern Prickly Pear – Revised

What do I need to do to have a Eastern Prickly Pear patch? Last year I tried planting a bunch of prickly pears and it quickly turned into a weedy mess. It’s not easy picking weeds from a cactus patch.…

When to Start Planting Native Plants

Hello, I am trying to make a native plant garden however I do not know when to start planting these plants. Does it depend on the plant itself? The garden is located in north east Scarborough, the soil is clay,…

purple coneflower plant in late March

My purple coneflower plants still have many seeds on the dead heads. Can I sprinkle them over pots of soil now and leave them outside? Or should I wait? Or should I don something indoors, which I would rather avoid.…

Native Plants

I have seeds on my purple coneflower and black-eyed susans plants. Since it is mid march, may I just plant them into tiny pots and leave them beside the mother plant? Thanks…

Persicaria virginiana

Wondering about persicaria (Virginia knotweed). It is native however growing vigorously in the ravine right behind my property . Is it currently on any aggressive/vigorous “watch lists?” I had originally planted as a shade plant but the ravine has become…

I do not want to mow my lawn anymore

Could you please let me know how I can have a lawn that does not need regular mowing, I have 2 standard poodles, I live in North York, I am old but I do not want to move out of…

Plant Selection

Hi, I’m looking for ground covers which are: – flowers in summer (like Chrysogonum virginianum) or fall (like Solidago flexicaulis) – white or pale pink / pale blue flower colour – part to full shade – no more than 1′…

Turtlehead*

During fall cleanup how far back can I cut?…

Transplanting Black Eyed Susan*

I planted 1 black eyed Susan 2 years ago, now I have at least 10 of them.  I want to replant them as border near my fence. Is this time of the year good for replanting or I should do…

Wildflowers and Native Grasses*

We are planning to plant wildflowers and native grasses on a 44 ft x 3 ft on the south fence line of our backyard. A raised vegetable bed is already built along the east fence line. The property is in…