Shrub or ornamental grass for shady box

Hello I live in Guildwood, Scarborough and keep digging up lawn to replace with something. The latest is that we dug up the area by the deck on the North side of the house and built 4 ft by 4ft…

Holly and hydrangeas

We have clay soil and live near Edwards gardens. In front of our house we have hydrangeas and a pair of hollies male and female. We had to replace the male holly last spring and it is much smaller than…

Purple flowering raspberry shrub

We are in Zone 6A, Oakville, Ontario. We have clay in our yard. We have had purple flowering raspberry bushes for quite a few years and only ever had one bloom. They were planted under a silver maple, so they…

Thinning Cedar trees

Hello. I live in Kelowna BC where it is exceeding hot and dry in the summer. Our cedar hedge is 15 years old. It has been getting thinner and thinner the last year. One end looks just fine, the other…

Pruning a Barberry hedge

Hello. I have a very old barberry hedge around my front lawn (pre-1960’s, I’m guessing – the house is 1940’s in Leaside). The hedge is thin sticks at the bottom with most of the growth at the top. The hedge…

Help with a smoke tree

Hi there my wife and I bought a home and inherited a 12 foot smoke tree, I know that it needs to be pruned to improve its general form but don’t know where to start. Ive read online that it…

Protective Covering for Shrubs and Perennials

Resident in North York. Contractors have dug up our front garden (while repairing our leaking basement), including perennials, shrubs, small trees and bulbs, leaving roots and root balls exposed in clumps on our front lawn. I have meanwhile loosely covered…

Cedar Trees

We have some 30 year old Cedar Trees in our garden.  They are 25-30ft high.  We have lopped off the top 18″ of these trees.  Did we make a mistake?  Our intention was to encourage them to spread out rather…

Architectural Privacy Hedge

I would like to plant a hedge that will grow to a solid green manicured wall of 8 feet for interest and privacy across the center of my front yard in North York. The yard faces south and will be…