When to Start Planting Native Plants

Hello, I am trying to make a native plant garden however I do not know when to start planting these plants. Does it depend on the plant itself? The garden is located in north east Scarborough, the soil is clay,…

How to grow, bloom and propagate Stephanotis floribunda in Toronto?

What are the best conditions (soil mix, humidity, temperature, fertilizing, lighting, house location (indoor/outdoor)) for growing and blooming Stephanotis floribunda/Madagascar Jasmine? Are its growing conditions like hoya’s or jasmine’s? Should I give it summer vacation outdoor? Can I cut off…

How to Grow Winter Savory: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Winter Savory (Satureja montana). Winter savory is an evergreen perennial, hardy to Zone 5, that grows 30 to 45 centimetres tall. Winter savory is considered more pungent than its generally preferred relative summer savory, but winter savory has the advantage…

How to Grow Thyme: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris). Of the dozens of varieties of thyme that are available, the one most often grown for culinary use is so-called “common” or “English” thyme (Thymus vulgaris).  Thyme is a 15 to 25-centimetre-tall shrubby perennial, hardy to Zone…

How to Grow Sweet Marjoram: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana, sometimes known as Marjorana hortensis). Sweet marjoram is an easy-to-grow annual herb in the same family as oregano, but with a milder flavour. It can be used fresh or dried in a variety of dishes. Cultivation:…

How to Grow Summer Savory: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Summer Savory (Satureja hortensis). Summer savory is grown for its spicy-tasting leaves that lend themselves to meat and bean dishes. It is one of the most popular herbs in Eastern Canada. Summer savory forms a mound-shaped plant about 35 centimetres…

How to Grow Stevia: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana). Stevia, sometimes known as Sweetleaf, is a native of South America grown for its sweet-tasting leaves. Stevia can be used as a sugar substitute and is reportedly 200-300 times sweeter by weight than cane sugar. Cultivation: Stevia…

How to Grow Sage: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Sage (Salvia officinalis). So-called “culinary sage” is a short-lived perennial herb, hardy to Zone 4 or 5, whose strongly flavoured leaves can be used in many meat and vegetable dishes. Sage can be used fresh or dried. NOTE: There are…