It’s hard to believe that we’re entering the last few weeks of spring with summer on our doorstep. Thankfully the weather is finally cooperating and our beloved annuals are getting the sun and heat they so desire.

Be prepared to give your plants some extra TLC when the weather has been hot and dry for long spells.

See our five gardening tips for June: 

  1. Apply extra waterings to newly planted plants or to those susceptible to heat stress. (Not sure if this applies to your plants? Call us at 519-455-2646).
  2. Stay on top of the rapidly growing weeds which also thrive in the sunshine, and keep plants looking good by regularly dead-heading.
  3. Allow spring blooming trees and shrubs to completely finish their bloom cycle before pruning.
  4. Use a 15-30-15 fertilizer or slow-release, granular fertilizer as an important spring feeding.
  5. Stake your tomatoes and other vining vegetables. Tomato cages help to increase yields while decreasing disease by keeping fruit upright and off the ground.

Whether you have yet to start your gardens, or are looking to add to an existing garden, we continue to add and maintain healthy bedding plants, perennials, trees and shrubs throughout the summer!

Father’s Day is June 19th…
Van Luyk’s offers an array of ideas to ensure Father’s Day gift-giving is stress-free and a hit with dad!
  • Consider a veggie container garden or patio tomato that dad can place strategically near the BBQ!
  • A low-maintenance, easy-to-grow shrub (such as a boxwood or juniper) or an ornamental grass will give dad extra time to relax this summer.
  • A gift of a tree can be enjoyed for years to come – an oak tree represents wisdom and leadership, while a pine tree is perfect for dedicated individuals who do important but often thankless work. Do these sound like your dad?
  • Succulents and cacti are an all-time favourite, but beware – they can be habit-forming!
  • If your dad prefers to make his own choices when it comes to gardening, a Van Luyk gift card is sure to please.
  • Or check out our gift shop for some fun and unique garden decor!
Asiatic and Oriental Lilies Van LyukAsiatic and Oriental lilies are Buy One Get One Free this week! Click below to check all our weekly features.
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Favourite vegatables Van LuyksOur staff have selected some of their favourite vegetables to plant this year! Click below to check them out.
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Mixed Vegetables Van LuyksOur mixed vegetable and herb planters are perfect for small spaces – balcony, patio or a corner of a garden.
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Each tree has a unique story Van Luyk

Just as each rose colour has a specific meaning, each tree has a unique story, and we’ve made an effort to bring some of these stories to light. Read our blog post to learn more.

As you begin or finalize your spring gardens, consider some of our staff’s favourite annuals, including some of the unique and unusual that deserve more attention. Read on!

Enter for your chance to WIN a $250 Van Luyk Gift Card!

If you’re ready to create your dream garden with Van Luyk’s extensive selection of plants, vegetables, trees and shrubs, plus helpful advice, now’s your chance! Just click here for details on how you can enter to win a $250 Van Luyk gift card.

We had the pleasure of having Rachel Gilbert from BX93 come for a visit recently. Check out the video with Rachel and our own Devin Vibert who provided his expertise and assistance!

Expert Advice
Our experienced staff are happy to answer your indoor and outdoor gardening questions year round. Or for more information and tips, visit our gardening info and tip sheets at

Store Hours
We are open 7 days a week. Our spring hours are: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sunday 9am-6pm.