Free Native Pants

Does anyone know the Toronto location of the Free Native Plant giveaway tomorrow Saturday August 27th?…

Boxwood planted close to house’s foundation

Hello, I have 2 boxwoods that are about 5 feet tall planted close to the foundation of the house. These have been planted by our predecessors and were already there when we bought the house 3 years ago. I have…

Native Plants

I have seeds on my purple coneflower and black-eyed susans plants. Since it is mid march, may I just plant them into tiny pots and leave them beside the mother plant? Thanks…

Native Plants for Shade: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Use of Native plants in the garden has become more important to gardeners as we consider climate change and a need for more biodiversity. Plants are Native or Indigenous to a region if they have originated and are naturally occurring…

Native perennials for full sun clay soil

Hi Toronto Master Gardener! Any suggestions for low and medium height perennials that are great for very heavy clay soil in full sun? Also any suggestions for year-round colour? Thanks!…

Which soil to use for native garden in dry shade

I am beginning work on what will be a native plant garden in the west end of Toronto. First I will remove a layer of asphalt, and up to 12 inches of gravel. The soil underneath is sandy, and the…

Keystone native plants for the Toronto area

I have been reading Doug Tallamy’s books. He suggests we determine the “keystone” native plants for our area that support 75% of insect life such as caterpillars that so many species depend on. What are the keystone plants for Toronto?…

Boxwood + native companion?

I have a row of 4 boxwoods along a fence- East facing. I had planted different Iris – as I thought the spikes of the leaves might make an interesting contrast. They don’t, and they are crowding the boxwoods. I’m…

spreading native plant for Zone 5

I’m looking for native plants that spread quickly for a high clay content backyard in Toronto. Both sunny and shady areas are under consideration for this. My preference is for low-growing however this is not structly a requirement.…