Trees and Shrubs

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|

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|

“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|

What Decides Fall Colours?

Many of us might know why the leaves of our favourite deciduous plants change colour in the fall. But have you ever wondered why some plants turn yellow and others red? Or perhaps you have a tree that turned orange one year and dark red another year. In this week’s blog post we’re going to […]

September 26th, 2016|Trees and Shrubs|

Fall Pruning: Don’t Do It!

Fall is a favourite time for clean-up in the garden. We clear out all of our tired and spent annuals, remove leaf litter from the beds and patch our lawns. While we’re in the throes of our clean-up, it’s awfully tempting to get out the pruners and cut back our trees and shrubs to finish […]

September 7th, 2016|Gardening Advice, Trees and Shrubs|

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|

Why Isn’t My Hydrangea Blooming?

Does your hydrangea look like this?

The title say it all – this is the single most common question we receive about hydrangeas, especially this time of year. Thankfully, though the causes of this problem can be numerous, most of the solutions are simple! We’ve addressed some of the most common causes here.

Incorrect Pruning

This is […]

July 10th, 2016|Gardening Advice, 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|