Trailing plants for high Container?

So I have a container on the second floor and I was thinking it would look really cool if I had flowers hanging almost all the way down from it. If I put the 8 foot long type of sweet…

Frost hardiness of herbs and sunflowers

1. how long can  sunflowers be left before picking in order to avoid their being killed by frost. 2. how senstive are basil and thyme – when to bring inside.               1.…

Poppy seeds

I live in northern Ontario and have some lovely poppies. I plan on moving to southern Ontaro next spring, and would like to takes some seeds with me. It is time to collect them…but then, what do I do. I…

Does this Coleus exist in our space/time continuum?

Hello, I have grown to love Coleus plants the past few years mainly due to their great performance in shade and all the new varieties becoming available. I found this fantastic Coleus image attached, around the Web but with no…

Growing from seeds

Very accidentally I got my hands on the following seeds: annuals, alpine strawberries and deciduous shrubs. Is my best course of action to grow them inside till the spring?…

Flowering annuals for windy sw balcony?

Unfortunately I missed your sessions on balcony gardening. Could you please advise what types of flowers would be most likely to succeed on a small balcony near Islington and Bloor. My concern is that we frequently experience high gusty winds,…

Cold Protection for New Plants

Location: I live near Scarborough Town Center. Question: I purchased some vegetable (Egg plant, bell peppers, sweet peppers, bitter gourd, tomatoes) and flower plants (Dahlias, Peony) and planted outside 3 at the beginning of May since the weather was nice.…

Drought Tolerant Annuals: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

  As annual plants complete their lifecycle in a single season the concept of drought tolerance is a bit moot. Unlike perennials that can become drought tolerant after they are well established, our Southern Ontario short growing season means that…

Annuals for Shade: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

  An annual plant is one that completes its life cycle from seed to plant to bloom and back to seed again in one season. Annual flowers are often bright, colourful and very floriferous. In this way, they attract pollinating…