Shrubs for shade

Hello, we have a bare area near a low fence that we were hoping to plant a shrub for privacy. Unfortunately the area is very shaded (no direct sun) due to two large cedars in our yard and a very…

A Tree for Privacy

I live in Surrey, BC and have an east facing backyard that we don’t use as much as I would like because I have always wished we had more privacy. Our lot is roughly 35’ long by 20’ and we…

Weeping Mulberry tree with patches of bare branches

Tree over 20 years old in fairly sheltered spot, facing North and in Upper Beaches area. Since Spring complete branches devoid of leaves. Buds started to form but died. Rest of tree fine and bore fruit. Some crinkly browning of…

Pear Rust?

These leaves are on our tree in North York. Are these pear rust?…

Oakleaf hydrangea

I planted this shrub three years ago and it only shows ONE bloom every year. It is in shade (as I thought it should be) – could that be the problem? I have not pruned it yet. Any idea ?…

Sick Japanese maple

We have a japanese maple that is about 7 years old. It has been very health since we planted it, but this year, for some reason, many of the branches were either leafless or very sparse and is very unhealthy.…

Growing Redbud from seed

So, I’ve harvested some of the seed pods and finally decided to google the issue and most sites are recommending refrigerating the seeds at 41degrees F for 6 weeks. Can I freeze them? Should the seeds be in a medium…

Rose of Sharon not blooming

Hi. We live near Binbrook, Ontario. We had a lovely Rose of Sharon tree (photo attached) which bloomed beautifully until 2016 when it got some kind of disease and died. Sunny part of the garden. We replaced it with the…

Weeping willow

Hi! I’ve planted two branches from a weeping willow. The tops turned black to brown and thought they were dead. I saw new growth at the bottom, should I cut the dead tops off?…

Controlling Motherwort and Tree of Heaven

Hi, my new neighbour is a herbalist and her motherwort has jumped over to my yard. How can I control it without using herbicides that might make it into her yard? On the same note, I have (and dislike) a…