Shrub boarders between 2 back gardens

Northern Exposure – midtown Toronto, 2-3 story townhouses surround area. Require tall, dense, green ( preferably with berry to attract birds in winter ) Would English Holly with red berries work ? Please advise and add others deemed appropriate. Forsythia,…

Hard Pruning a Kolkwitzia amabilis

Hello. I live in Port Hope. I have an old Kolkwitzia amabilis. I have tried to keep the size of it fairly small, and as a result the bush is now an awkward shape. I might inevitably need to dig…

Balcony gardening

balcony 20’x 10’. 24 th floor. South facing. Protected on East and west sides by high walls 9’ deep. Would like shrubs climbers and some annuals. Just moved in in December . Please help . I am only now beginning…

Small Ornamental Trees

Hi there. Thanks for your response to one of my earlier questions. I’m thinking of adding some ornamental trees to my backyard. I garden in zone 5. It has clay-ish soil and is in full sun on a gentle south-facing…

Beautiful stand alone shrub

I have a 10 ft by 10ft open square on my front yard, full sun, that I want to plant a single shrub or tiny tree. I would prefer a shrub that doesn’t need pruning as I like natural shapes…

Watering Perennial Shrubs in Fall

Hello my rain barrels are still active and will be disconnected by 30 Oct 2019….is it wise to continue watering perennial shrubs like weigela, rose of sharon and swamp mallow until the first hard frost…thanks for your response…

Suggestions for what I can plant in area by fence.

I want to replace my 5 Karl forester grasses with something about the same height that will not require as much maintenance. As I’m getting older I’m looking for something that will require less work. The area is 3 ft,…

Elderberry stopped flowering

We have several wild elderberry bushes. We have harvested the berries for over 20 years. Last year, two of the bushes produced almost no flower heads: in their place were ‘heads’ of very small leaves. The appearance is that the…

Shrubs for shade

Hello, we have a bare area near a low fence that we were hoping to plant a shrub for privacy. Unfortunately the area is very shaded (no direct sun) due to two large cedars in our yard and a very…

Propagating Little Princess Spirea

Trying to propagate this plant. Took softwood cuttings in June, planted in soil less mix and kept in a portable greenhouse in the shade. They,looked good for about a week then started to turn brown. Some seemed to have roots…