Gardening Advice

What are Mycorrhizae (and why do we care)?

We all diligently water and fertilize the plants in our garden to ensure they stay healthy, green, and happy. But here’s an interesting question: how do plants in the wild survive without our help?

Certainly, there’s no fertilizer fairy running around feeding 20-20-20 to every plant in existence. Turns out, plants in the wild have friends […]

April 25th, 2018|Gardening Advice|

Early Spring Glory

Spring has sprung! (Or at least, that’s what the calendar is telling us.) As we build momentum for what is sure to be a busy spring season, we’ve polled some of our staff to answer a rather difficult question: if you had to pick just one flower as your favourite for early spring colour, what […]

April 1st, 2018|Annuals, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs|

The Dangers of Invasive Plants

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It’s not really news to anybody anymore: the spread of invasive species of plants can have dire consequences for the environment, our economy, and even our health. Invasive plants infiltrate our forests, meadows, ponds, and gardens; once established they are often difficult or impossible to eliminate.

Invasive plants […]

March 16th, 2018|Gardening Advice|

How Much Light Do You Actually Get?

Proper sun exposure is integral to the survival of plants. Too little, and your plants become weak, thin, and generally sad-looking. Too much and they spend two-thirds of the day drooping (or worse, they just completely fry)! This isn’t really a new concept – so why is it so difficult to figure out which plants […]

February 20th, 2018|Gardening Advice|

Flower Favourites

You’re probably sick of hearing it already, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

In the spirit of the season, we’ve asked some of our staff to weigh in on what plant – fresh cut flower, potted plant, or otherwise – deserves some recognition for Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for flower recommendations or something […]

January 29th, 2018|Holiday Arrangements, Tropicals/Indoor Plants|

The Elusive “Good” Winter

It’s okay to long for May temperatures during a deep January freeze. Many of us enjoy winter until just after the holiday season, at which point the snow and cold goes from being charming to being a nuisance (almost magically!) overnight.

As gardeners in Canada we frequently rate our winters using adjectives like “good/bad”, “hard/mild”, or […]

January 9th, 2018|Gardening Advice|

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|

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|