2016: A Gardening Year in Review

The time right before New Year’s is often a time for reflection on the past year and the year ahead. It’s only fitting that our last blog of 2016 would be just that! We’re reflecting on the gardening season we had and offering our thoughts – it has certainly been an interesting growing season with […]

December 5th, 2016|Gardening Advice|

Potted Evergreens

Every year late in the fall we field questions about potted evergreens for use as Christmas décor. On the surface, it’s a slam dunk! You’re not needlessly killing an evergreen to decorate, and you’re saving money. Some people intend to plant the evergreen the following spring, while others plan on keeping the evergreen potted indefinitely, […]

November 27th, 2016|Gardening Advice, Trees and Shrubs|

Christmas Tree Care

Our Christmas trees arrived early last week, and they’re ready for a new home!

There are a lot of myths surrounding the care of Christmas trees, it turns out. Is there any merit to any of them? When is the best time to purchase a Christmas tree to ensure a good compromise between selection and needle […]

November 20th, 2016|Gardening Advice|

November Gardening News

Fall is marching on quickly and before we know it, winter’s chill will be upon us. There’s still time to plant bulbs and apply winter lawn fertilizer, but the window for that too will soon be closed. As we finish cleaning and prepping our garden beds for the colder weather ahead, we’ll have to quickly […]

November 19th, 2016|Newsletter|

Poinsettia Pitfalls

Poinsettias are the single most popular houseplant during the Christmas season in Canada. Every year, millions are purchased –and for good reason! Their red, pink, or white bracts are the perfect splash of colour when used in concert with other holiday décor. However, poinsettias are sensitive to excessive heat, light, and cold. In the wrong […]

November 13th, 2016|Tropicals/Indoor Plants|

Burlapping Evergreens

As fall gives way to winter, we’re accustomed to seeing a lot of brown in the landscape – including from the evergreens many of us dutifully wrap in a thick layer of burlap. The intention is twofold: to prevent snow and ice pileup from breaking branches, and to protect the plant from harsh, desiccating winter […]

November 9th, 2016|Garden Maintenance, Gardening Advice, Trees and Shrubs|

Final Fall Tasks

Though we’re having some unseasonably warm weather this week, the growing season is steadily drawing to a close. Don’t put your hose away yet! There are a number of important tasks to be done in the garden before we finally close the door on the 2016 season. Many of these tasks, though small, will help […]

October 30th, 2016|Garden Maintenance|

“Spooky” Plants

In the spirit of Hallowe’en (which is only a few days away), we’ve compiled a list of indoor and outdoor plants that our staff consider spooky for one or many reasons! If you’re looking for a little Hallowe’en inspiration, then peruse our staff picks and get inspired (or frightened!).

Anna’s Pick: Ghost Fern

The name says it […]

October 25th, 2016|Perennials, Trees and Shrubs, Tropicals/Indoor Plants|

October Gardening News

Fall is in full swing, with plenty of gardening to be done indoors and out! October is a time for clean-up, planting and dividing, but it’s also a time for reflection. What performed well this year and what didn’t?

Jotting your thoughts down in a garden journal while the season is still fresh in mind not […]

October 24th, 2016|Newsletter|

Fall Lawn Fertilizer

If you are only going to fertilize your lawn once each year, make sure you do it in the fall. We’re not kidding!

This might be surprising to hear for a few reasons. First, conventional wisdom dictates that you do not fertilize in the fall. Trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, roses – just about everything else in […]

October 17th, 2016|Lawn Care|