Advice on planting for full sun

Dear Master Gardner, My backyard has intense western sun, especially in the afternoon. I’m wondering what trees/shrubs are hardy enough to withstand afternoon sun. The soil may have fungus so the ideal tree/shrub should be hardy enough to tolerate these…

Tanyosho pine with damaged canopy

Hello, I live in the east GTA and purchased a tanyosho pine last year that suffered a substantial amount of needle loss and branch die-off in the spring. I ended up concluding it was suffering from a fungal problem (candles…

Yellowing Baltic Ivy

I am in the beaches part of Toronto. We have had baltic ivy growing over our front garden wall for over 15 years. It is a very sunny exposure yet lately I am finding many leaves going yellow with dark…

potato plants

My potato plants were doing very well, then in the past week, one by one, plants are looking like they are wilting or in desperate need of water, yet potato plants right beside them are thriving. ¬†Within one week, half…

Virginia Creeper

As discussed by phone here are photo’s of our Virginia Creeper showing what we believe to be a fungus problem. Please confirm that that you suspect that this is fungus and also whether you see any other problems in addition…

Dying Begonias

I have the large variety of begonias and planted dozens of plants. In different pots, outdoor terrace. One-by-one something is destroying the stem close to the earth and an otherwise beautiful, healthy-looking plant just falls over with the stem totally…