Low Maintenance Native Balcony Garden

I live in downtown Toronto at York and Queens Quay in a condo that faces east. I have a very long but narrow balcony (see photo). I would like to put in some containers to grow some plants that are…

Setting up a balcony garden

Hi, I have moved into an apartment. It is 17 floors up, east facing, with not too much wind. My balcony gets about 5 hours of direct sun in the morning. I would like to grow flowers and vegetables. Could…

Herbs on balcony in August

I live in an apartment in East York Toronto. Our balcony faces west and gets sun after 3 p.m. during summer. In winter there’s hardly any direct sunlight. My question is: 1) Is it too late to plant a coriander…

Recommendations for tall trees on a windy balcony

Hi! I live in downtown Toronto on an 8th floor condo and it can get quite windy. We have a large balcony that gets a fair amount of sun and we’d like to place a few potted trees to provide…

Fast Growing Shade Tolerant Shrubs

I have a portion of my outdoor condo patio that requires shrubs that do well in shade as it would be under a tree.  I need a good shrub that provides privacy growing to at least 4 ft and also…

Hedges for Balcony*

Hello, I am interested in having some hedges put onto my balcony, preferably some English ivy. I am not sure how difficult it is to care for them but a really good looking fake one would be good by me.…

Pollinator Garden: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Most of the earth’s ecosystems, including much of our food supply, are dependent on pollinators. Embedded in the ground as they are, most flowering plants need help to reproduce. Over 80 percent of flowering plants need pollinators such as birds,…