Butterfly/bee gardens

Would conditions in a small churchyard in downtown Toronto be suitable to attract butterflies and bees? The space faces north, is bordered by buildings on three sides and a busy road on the fourth, and gets about 3-4 hours of…

Gardening in a mostly shady plot

Hello, I am interested in designing a garden for our front and back yard. I really love the work of Piet Oudolf, but we don’t have full sun in the front yard. Partial sun. pretty shady in the backyard. (…

Ground cover for erosion control in shady ravine

Hi there, My yard backs onto a ravine in Cliffcrest just near the Scarborough Bluffs (but not on the Bluff). I’m looking for a recommendation for a low maintenance, shade tolerant ground cover that could help control erosion on an…

Overseeding lawn

Hello, I’m planning to overseed our lawn. It has quite a few bare spots from mismanagement and neglect. I’m planning to do the following: 1)Mow the lawn and collect the cuttings 2)Rake and dethatch. 3)Aerate 4)Apply top soil 5)Seed 6)Water…

Nothing grows under our silver maple

Hello, we live in Milton, ON where we have a good sized backyard with most areas receiving sun. We grow a lot of vegetables and berries with a lot of success. That said, in one corner of our yard, encompassing…

Ground cover(s) for shady area

At present, there is a strip of land 14″ by 70′ along the lot line between my property and that of my neighbour. While the strip runs north to south, it receives only 45 minutes of sunlight because of the…

Vines for shady courtyard?

Hello Master Gardener! We are hoping you can help us to choose vines for a shade garden. It is bright there all day, but only has direct sun for a short time each day on the north wall. The garden-to-be…

What to plant with Emerald cedars

I have a row of emerald cedars. I want to create more garden beds in front of them. It is partial/full shade. do you have suggestions as to what would be best in front of them. the soil is mainly…