Cutting back for Fall

Hi, I live in Toronto, in what used to be East York. I usually cut back a lot of the plants in the garden, although I do leave some for the birds. Is Oct 11th, Monday of next week, too…

When is a good time to redo landscaping?

Hello, I moved into a new house in Aug and have mostly settled in by now (mid Sept). We want to expand the footpath and put in a raised bed in the front of the house. Is it a good…

Raising garden beds with current native plants

I  have a bed which we dug 2 years ago, and added Anise Hyssop,  Pearly Everlasting and Virginia Mountain Mint.  All of which are doing very well, but the soil in the bed has subsided, and is now 4 ”…

Culver’s Root

Our Culvers Root has grown to about 5ft high and bloomed. To strengthen the plant for next year should we now cut off the top/head or should we leave it alone to die in due course and might the seeds…

Perennial in pots

Which deep green or purple foliage perennial would be feasible, perhaps thrive happily, in pots at the front door?…

Yarrow Fails to Bloom

Hi there and thank you for reading my question. I have yarrow that I planted three summers ago. It bloomed prolifically the first and second summers. This year? Nada. Nothing has changed in the bed it resides. Perhaps less watering…

Can you cut down an itoh peony in June?

My itoh peony is full of powdery mildew. It is beyond the prevention stage. I am worried it may spread to the phlox nearby. Can I cut it to the ground in June after blooming, or do I have to…

Clematis leaves dry up

My Clematis leave all dried up? What might have caused the problem. Will this spread to other plants such as lily? What kind of soil is good for clematis. I added some wood ash to the soil, is woo-dash good…

Chinese ground orchid

I have a Bletilla striata orchid, which is a hardy orchid, the tag says hardy to -23C. I have a glass greenhouse where the ground inside never freezes in the winter. Do you think the orchid would survive if I…

A question from a total novice seeking HELP!

Have an open space of 30’wide X 12’Long what perennial bulbs can I plant now. Prefer lots of colours and lots of variety with low maintenance. I am disciplined to water as required. Appreciate your response.…