Emerald Cedars

I have planted a 4 ft emerald cedar in my backyard. It gets 4-5 hours of sun per day (10am-230pm). The soil skews to clay, but it was amended with compost and garden soil and mulched the surface (leaving space…

Blue spruce

My blue spruce is 3 years old.  I noticed it has grown but there is thin growth on the inside of the tree – you can see the branches and trunk very well.  Is this tree lacking something?…

Top 5 tall flowering perennials for Toronto

Hi, We are looking to add tall flowering perennials to our backyard that is sunny in Oakville and greatly appreciate your top 5 picks that will flower rights through summer. Thanks…

Pool planting

Hello, I am inquiring about softscaping the area around my pool. I love in zone 6a and I am looking for shrubs, trees or plants that can provide privacy and visual interest but are low maintenance. I only have 2…

ideas for curb appeal for corner lot

I have live in a semi-detached corner house. I have a long narrow S/E facing area. I’m looking for tall plants that will cover the exposed brick, keep my house cool but roots that are not too deep to get…

Ground cover for between flagstone.

I have a small back garden and have removed the grass and replaced it with flagstone. I would like to plant a low perennial ground cover between the stones. I have some experience with creeping thyme. Is that my only…

Perennial in Front of Cedars

Hi, I’m in the High park area. I have 3 cedars in the north east corner of the backyard. I would like to plant a flowering bush, in front of them, and then some smaller perennials. They have full southern…

English Garden

Hi, I have a garden that is 25 foot long and a depth of 5-6 feet. I would love to have it resemble an old english garden. Can you possibly suggest some plants? It is full sun, and runs along…

Determining sun quality

Can you tell us how to determine sun quality in the garden? There are many reasons I’d like to know, such as when the best time is to avoid the sun’s heat, when to water, how to select and place…

Perennials for Full Sun: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

What is a Perennial? Perennials are hardy, ornamental plants that live for at least 3 years and die back to the ground each winter in colder climates. Most perennials bloom in the second year after seeding; however, there are now…