new shade tree for backyard, tree type suggestion please

Hello, I would like to plant a tree which would provide shade for our backyard and cover the unsightly stump (20′ approx) in our neighbour’s backyard. The white circle is the proposed tree location. The X is where the neighbour’s…

Flowering Shrub for Full Sun

Hi We live in Thornhill, ON I’m looking for a flowering shrub or low growing shrub for our front garden which has full sun exposure. Could you please make some suggestions. Thank you…

Yews and toxicity

My question is about yew trees or shrubs.  I’ve been told that they are toxic or poisonous if you eat it.  I have one that I want to take out and plant vegetables or other food in the same space. …

smokebush

I have a young Smokebush that I bought in 2012. it is about three feet high. Do I need to prune this bush and if so, when? Thank you.…

tree replanting

We live in Thornhll. There is a lovely tree in the front of our house that appears to have been too large for its location because this winter it got severely bent over and is almost perpendicular to the ground.…

Pruning weeping Alaskan cedar

I have a Weeping Alaskan Cedar that may need pruning. (I attached a photo, hopefully you can see it.) It seems to have 2 leaders (each about 3′ tall) in addition to the main tree (4′ tall). One coming from…

Pruning Buddleia (Butterfly bush)

Hello, I have two butterfly bushes in a back garden that have thrived on neglect. I now realize I need to prune but I have read conflicting advice. Some say cut down stalks to just above soil, others 60 cms,…