Greenery/Shrubs for Shade and Tough Soil

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I have a spot in my back garden in Toronto (south facing), it is about 6-8ft by 2ft. It is under a big tree and next to my neighbour’s…

Dealing with dry shade

I have a ravine type back yard. Three levels. The third level is very shady and dry. There is one very big tree, probably over 50 years and one pine tree. It grows lots of weeds. What should I do…

Growing in part shade

I am in Mississauga. I have a shade area under tall pine trees. The area only gets sun from 1- 3 pm. The rest of it has no sun. Can you suggest some plants for that site. I did try…

Plant selection under a large cherry tree

Dear Master Gardener I live in the St. Clair / Dufferin area of Toronto and have a 20-year old cherry tree in my back yard. I want to beautify and control the weeds under the tree. At present, I have…

Perennials for Sandy Soils: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Perennials are plants that renew themselves each year from their hardy roots. Although there are woody perennials, such as trees and shrubs, the plants most people refer to as perennials are herbaceous plants that die back to the ground at…