Temporary Transplant

I wish to transplant the hostas from the front of the porch, while it’s renovated. I wonder generally how to do this? I’m not sure when the work will begin, but I suppose it’s better now that later. However, these…

Perennial Recommendations

I want to add some perennials to my garden this year.  I currently have a lilac, a hydrangea, some vines, some peonies, a Japanese maple and some roses.  Would like recommendations for perennials for the edge of the beds, to…

Liatris or blazing star care

I have moved this summer into a new home in St. Catharines with fine gardens. I know nothing about gardens. In front is liatris or blazing star, and by the time I got the other gardens and lawns in order…

Overwintering perennials

Please advise if and when should I be moving the following potted plants to the garage over the winter: 1) Hosta. 2) Hens & Chicks. 3) Perennial Dwarf Sweet William. Thanks.…

Growing Peonies

Hi there, I planted a herbaceous peony last fall and it started growing in March (?), but, then it seems to stop growing after it is about 30cm tall (but it doesn’t die either). I’ve put a ‘ring’ around it…

Sweet woodruff

I have lots of sweet woodruff in my backyard. Now that the flower has come and gone, I am hoping to get advice on what steps I should now take. Does it get cut back,  and if so, by how…

Dark spots and eaten leaves on perennials

My plants leaves are turning dark brown and curl up; it was started from one of the purple cornflowers, then it spread to the other purple cornflowers, bee balm and hydrangea. Most of them are new plants in my yard…

Drought Tolerant Perennials: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Perennials are plants that renew themselves each year growing from their hardy roots. Although there are woody perennials, such as trees and shrubs, the plants most people refer to as perennials are herbaceous plants that die back to the ground…

Perennials for Full Sun: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

What is a Perennial? Perennials are hardy, ornamental plants that live for at least 3 years and die back to the ground each winter in colder climates. Most perennials bloom in the second year after seeding; however, there are now…

Mildew and white worms on phlox

My purple phlox suffered from mildew in the late summer/fall, plus what appeared to be a small, about 1/4 inch long fat white grub or bug on the underneath side of the leaf. Can you please advise on what this…