August Gardening Tips and News

The summer has certainly provided a mixed bag of weather for us – some pleasant days, very hot days, and some severe and rainy days in between. While some plants and gardens have thrived, others may be looking a little ‘weathered.’

Here are our tips to help prolong the life of your lawn and garden through the remaining […]

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|

“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|

Fantastic Fall Colour

Autumn is on the doorstep, and with it will soon come a cacophony of new colour in the garden. This week, we’ve asked our staff for their favourite annuals, perennials, and shrubs that produce attractive fall hues. Our list is a little longer this week (we’re excited about the prospect of cooler temperatures after a […]

September 5th, 2016|Annuals, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs|

Late Summer Bloomers

Late summer is a tricky time for colour in the garden. Many summer-flowering plants have already faded, and it’s usually too early for much in the way of autumn colour. However, there are a fair few perennials and shrubs that put on a great show late in August and help to bridge the gap between […]

August 7th, 2016|Perennials, Trees and Shrubs|

Summer Workhorses

For many of us, summer is a time of relaxation. Though our plants need frequent watering when the temperatures get hot, we don’t want to spend those long summer days toiling away in our garden just to keep things looking great. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our staff’s favourite lower-maintenance plants, […]

July 4th, 2016|Perennials, Trees and Shrubs|

Butterfly Magnets

With summer just around the corner, we’re approaching the time of year when butterflies begin to visit our gardens to feed and help pollinate our plants. We’ve put together a list of some of our staff’s favourite plants that also happen to attract these beautiful insects to the garden.

Devin’s Pick: Trembling Aspen

We often plant brightly-coloured, […]

June 15th, 2016|Annuals, Gardening Advice, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs|

The Dangers of Overplanting

At Van Luyk’s, we’re happy to provide you with as many plants as you desire, but we also have a responsibility to ensure that your garden is successful in the long run!

Picture this: you’ve dug a new garden bed and you’re itching to get planting. You head to Van Luyk’s to pick out an assortment […]

May 3rd, 2016|Gardening Advice, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs|

Purple Power

Purple plants add an air of serenity and intrigue to any landscape. Below you’ll find our staff picks of their favourite purple perennials and flowering shrubs.

Brenda’s Pick: Plum Royale Coral Bells

Coral Bells are an excellent accent plant in the semi-shade garden, and Plum Royale is no exception. It has rich, purple foliage with even darker […]

April 27th, 2016|Perennials, Trees and Shrubs|

Top Gardening Tips for October

With the arrival of autumn comes the ‘last hurrah’ of our favourite deciduous plants as they shed their leaves and prepare for the colder months ahead.

We often think of autumn as a winding-down time in the garden, but there are a number of simple tasks to be done at the end of the growing season […]

October 10th, 2015|Gardening Advice, Perennials|