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…

Panicle ‘Phantom’ hydrangeas pruning

We have 4 multi stemmed phantoms about 5 feet apart, western exposure under filtered light from deciduous and pine trees. They are 5 years old. I’d like to prune them. Could I cut the branches close to the main stems…

Redbud Destroyed by Racoons

Hi. I planted a Redbud ‘Forest Pansy’ a few years ago (don’t worry, I’ve had them before and they grow great where I live… close to L. Ontario) and it was growing really well. It was about 12′-15′ high and…

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…

Pruning Polyanthus roses

Hello, I live in the city of Toronto, zone 6a, and have a small rock garden on the slope of my front lawn edging the sidewalk and facing south. The soil is loamy. At the top of the rock garden,…

Dappled willow shrub

Hi. I purchased 2 dappled willow shrubs last week. I realize this is not the ideal time but they need to be planted and not left in their containers too long. I will be watering them daily. Is there any…

Wisteria – pruning

We have a 34 year old wisteria that is usually full of blooms. This year it was not and we think it needs major structural pruning. We would like some professional guidance with this. It is getting too big for…

Tree peony pruning

I have a very old, 15 years, white blossom tree peony that has become very leggy. It is now about 4 feet tall. This year it has 5 buds, the most ever. The graft peony at the bottom is very…

pruning dwarf japanese maple

I live in Thornhill, near Steeles Avenue West. The tree is about 4 years old (in my garden). The soil is not too bad and it gets some sun and some shade. It seems pretty healthy and has a diameter…

My climbing rose is not growing

I had this climbing rose for 8 years. For the past 2 years it did not flower at all. It does not seem to grow. What should I do about it ? Thank you.…