Canada Thistle

My garden is being taken over by Canada Thistle. I have pulled and sprayed and tried planting to crowd them out to no avail. What is the best way to get rid of them?…

Sweet Bay magnolia leaves are yellow

Hi. My sweet bay magnolia’s leaves are very yellow… with faint green in the centre (see photo). I’m sure it’s lacking something in the soil. Would you be able to tell me what to ad? It’s growing in full sun…

Early blooming perennials

Hi there, I would like to plant some perennials that will bloom in the spring, but I don’t know much about gardening! I know that poppies are beautiful, but I’m wondering if there’s any other plants that are relatively low…

Growing balloon flowers from seed

I have successfully grown very small balloon flowers from seed and wonder if I bring them in during the winter or leave them outside…,they are in a flower box with a good depth of earth…

Irises changing colour

I live in downtown Toronto (Cabbagetown) and I have many irises in my backyard which gets full sun all day. All of my irises come up purple and yet I only planted white, pink, and black. One year I planted…

Peony disease

There is something wrong with two of my peonies. The leaves are shriveled and curling but there are no visible insects on it. On one of the peonies the edges of the leaves are black. What can I do? They…

Some plants have not come back yet

Hello, My garden is located at north east Scarborough. The soil seems to be compacted clay but I have been amending it with compost and mulch. I am trying to grow a native garden, it’s quite young, only two years…