Lilac in downtown Toronto

Hi, I really love lilacs, and would love to plant one in my downtown TO backyard. It’s a relatively small space, but the location I have in mind would still get a fair bit of sun. I am interested in…

Planting a lilac

When is the best time to plant a lilac on the west facing side of my home?…

Black walnut and raspberries

My neighbours have a 35 ‘ Black walnut (Juglans nigra) tree that I believe is affecting my once flourishing raspberry patch, which has been in decline for about 8-10 years. Is this tree the likely cause for the decline and…

Planting Emerald cedars

I am looking at planting emerald cedars along my driveway to create a barrier between my neighbour’s property. It is grass right now but I’m thinking the existing soil is a clay and gravel mixture (from the driveway). What should…

What are these plants?

I just moved into a new town home and these plants are outside. I do not know what they are and how I should I care for them. Should I prune them back etc. Thanks     

Growing hydrangeas in Toronto

Hello, Is there a way to differentiate perennial from annual hydrangeas? I’m never sure what I’m buying and have been told I’m buying the perennial version only for them not to come back after the winter. I live in Zone…

Growing Camellia in Toronto

Hi, I have recently brought a Camellia plant from England, and wondering if they can survive on the ground during winter in Toronto? Since England doesn’t have cold/snow like Canada, they can survive well in the ground all year around.…

Roses and serviceberry

Hello, I am considering planting roses around the base of my Serviceberry to provide some additional visual interest in my garden. However I believe Serviceberry and roses are from the same genus – are they ok to plant together from…

Pear tree rust

Hi, I am in Toronto and have 2 pear trees that are plagued with rust. Any fruit that begins to develop soon falls off. I spray with dormant oil/sulphur. I was removing infected leaves and being very careful to not…