Which soil to use for native garden in dry shade

I am beginning work on what will be a native plant garden in the west end of Toronto. First I will remove a layer of asphalt, and up to 12 inches of gravel. The soil underneath is sandy, and the…

Mixed Privacy Hedge in Shade

I live at DVP and Lawrence. I believe Toronto is Zone 6a. I want to replace an existing chain link fence across the back of my yard with a mixed hedge -55 feet – gate in the middle (we are…

Climbing Vine

What kind of vine would you suggest to be planted adjacent to a pergola but near a 30 year old curly willow? I have tried the following: climbing hydrangea, trumpet vine, Halls honeysuckle but all have died. The location is…

Norway Maple

Are there any flowers, shrubs, grasses, ferns, etc. that can grow under Norway Maples? I’ve 2 in back garden which is surrounded on 2 sides by 6′ fence = total shade. No flowers survive, some Hostas do survive but even…

Fertilizer

Hi I have a very large weeping willow, a very big white pine and another pine tree in my backyard that’s about 65 ft wide and 50 feet deep. I’ve been pretty successful getting a garden growing underneath all of…

Annuals under maple

Hello, thank you for answering my question. I have a large maple tree in a narrow (6ft’) garden between my driveway and front walkway. It faces west. I’m struggling with the plants under the tree. I appreciate reading the answers…

Shady garden suggestions

Can you tell me a year long shrub, flowering plant or grass for a shady area, such as under a tree.…

Soil condition

I live in North Toronto near Eglinton Park, which used to be a brick yard. The soil in our backyard is clay. We have a number of trees shading the garden and we are the lowest yard so we get…

Growing Horsetail in a Container

Can you plant horsetail in a container? It would be a container in front of a west facing wood fence in a North York backyard. How tall would it grow? I’d like to block the fence and the neighbours so…