Bird of Paradise seems sad

I live in Toronto.  I put Bertie (not a very original name I know) outside in my south facing very sunny yard.  But she just doesn’t seem to be thriving.  I was watering her with distilled water when she was…

containers for edibles

I was wondering what kind of containers are safe for growing vegetables. I heard about some numbers for plastic containers. Are those number labeled on the container? I can’t find any numbers on my containers? Are ceramic containers safe? Also…

Balcony Geraniums

Where can I purchase these plants in Ontario.  I used to get them from Plant World until they closed down.  I can’t find anyone who carries the true Balcony Geranium with the long trailing habit much longer than the regular…

heat tolerant potted plants for balcony

I am wondering what type of (potted) plants are suitable for a south facing balcony in southwestern ontario near Lake Ontario? it does become very hot on the balcony mid-day and in the afternoon. Thank you!…

Potted Blue Spruce

my potted blue spruce was moved outdoors a few weeks ago and subsequently all it’s new growth has gone limp and the wee tree looks ‘unhappy’….any help, suggestions would be very much appreciated…

4 season balcony garden

My Regent Park condo is on the 21st floor, west facing so has strong afternoon sun. I would like to plant evergreens in containers so it looks a little less gloomy next winter. What suggestions do you have for types…

Over wintering a planter box

Greetings I’m trying an experiment. I have placed two large rectangular planters on my concrete pool deck and planted Boston Ivy in each. Both have the insides lined with one inch rigid insulation but I’m thinking about putting straw bales…

Planting cedars in large planter on a deck

Hi there, We are building a large deck and the planter will be a long (trough-like) 18′ long, 2.5′ wide, 2.5 high. I want to plant 7-8 cedars to make a raised privacy fence. We are in the Grimsby area…

Balcony garden while there is still a balcony

Hello Yoda of the Gardening world, I live in central Etobicoke (Islington and Eglinton) in a 4th floor of an 8 storey apartment building. My unit faces north west, gets morning shade, afternoon sun (the trees next to my balcony…

Insulated Outdoor Container

I would like to build insulated planters to sit on my outdoor deck in Mississauga, and into which I plan to plant a vine to grow up to the trellis above. (I will provide appropriate support for the vine to…