Front lawn garden

Hello, I recently bought a home in East York near Woodbine and Mortimer. The south-facing front lawn is currently all grass (but mostly weeds). I would eventually like to replace this with an English-style garden of low-maintenance shrubs, bushes and…

Pruning back Virginia waterleaf

You posted an article today about cutting back Shasta daisies etc. when they’ve finished blooming.  Can I do the same with Virginia waterleaf after it’s finished flowering?  I realize it’s a native plant and in the wild it would never…

Should I protect my monarch caterpillars?

I was very excited to find 2 monarch caterpillars on my milkweed this morning! Then I got to googling and I saw that some people will put mesh bags over their milkweed to protect the caterpillars from birds. Is this…

Substitute for Invasive Black-Eyed Susans

Hello! I have a perennial garden with black-eyed susans that I’m now finding have spread out of control; I’ve just spent 6 tedious hours on this glorious Canada Day picking the little ones out of my sedum, which they seem…

Where did the bees go?

Hello, I have noticed this year I hardly have any bees. I’m wondering if this is a Toronto-wide problem (or bigger) or if it’s just me. I haven’t changed much in my garden – still lots of perennials that they…

Combinations

Hello I have a Japanese red maple tree at the front of my house. Sun hits this area all day, it receives sun and rain at all times, and is planted in clay, topsoil and mulch on top. I would…

Bush honeysuckle

I have a bush honeysuckle (with pink flowers) that just appeared in my yard. It’s pretty, smells nice, and looks great but I hear they’re invasive. Is it possible to manage it in a yard? Or should I kill it…

Mud creek ravine

Hello I have a house that backs on to the mud creek ravine on Hudson drive by the pedestrian walkway bridge. I would like to plant things to green up the ravine slope and also help with erosion. Was thinking…

Native plant suggestions

Hi there, What is the best combinations of native plants for full sun areas and shaded areas? Thanks!…