Wildflower seeding

I’d like to convert a dried out bit of lawn on my hellstrip (small graded but of grass between road and property) into a tiny wildflower meadow – maybe 8 feet by 5.5 feet. Should I show seeds now or…

Goldenrod and Sumac

I live in the Scarborough area and have been informed that Goldenrod and Sumach that grows in the garden are noxious weeds. Can you confirm if this is so?…

Virgin’s Bower Clematis

Hi I live in Toronto and have planted a native clematis. Although it is a huge vine it has no flowers and I was expecting some before Sept. What can I do to get this blooming? My yard has some…

What wildflower is this?

This is a wildflower I saw outside of Uxbridge on June 1st. From a distance it looked like strings of water droplets. Toronto Master Gardeners have never failed to identify any plant I have asked about! Any idea what this…

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…