Shade tolerant clumping grass

I want to grow something 8-10ft tall along about 8 feet of my fence line, to create privacy. I have sandy soil. The area is shady. I want fast growing. I’m not fond of cedars. Want something clumping so it…

How to garden on a slope

I have a wide hill (40 feet) in my backyard that’s about 40 degrees. I want to have a garden on it, but need to make sure the maintenance is low. I’m debating whether to terrace it or not. Since…

Hellstrip Gardening

Hi, I live in Oshawa (5b/6a). I’m thinking of planting up my hellstrip with some things. It is completely covered by snow in the winter and gets some salt The strip faces south, with a young Northern Red Oak. Two…

Questions from a community kindergarten group

Hello, I’m an ECE student doing a placement at a kindergarten class at Frankland Community School. Would you be willing to answer a couple of questions that they have about butterflies? I saw that you run workshops about plants that…

Goldenrod and Sumac

I live in the Scarborough area and have been informed that Goldenrod and Sumach that grows in the garden are noxious weeds. Can you confirm if this is so?…

Where did the bees go?

Hello, I have noticed this year I hardly have any bees. I’m wondering if this is a Toronto-wide problem (or bigger) or if it’s just me. I haven’t changed much in my garden – still lots of perennials that they…

Native plant suggestions

Hi there, What is the best combinations of native plants for full sun areas and shaded areas? Thanks!…

Asclepias Management

I have managed to control the invasive roots of my “Bleeding Heart” plants by sinking 2 foot long sections of plastic irrigation conduit into the ground, (diameter is about 1.5 feet).  Bottom is layered with gravel, then landscaping fabric, followed…

Plant (weed?) identification

Hello, We purchased a house last year and a previous owner obviously enjoyed gardening. There are some beautiful plants that have popped up, but I was hoping to please have some help in identifying what I believe are weeds (although…