Perennials

A Question About Lavender

One of our readers sent us a question asking about the best lavender to grow in our climate. The most hardy lavender for Ontario gardens is Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender),  hardy to zone 5. Lavender Hidcote is one of the … Continue reading

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Types of Mulch

  We had a recent question about what type of mulch to use in perennial beds. We thought that others might be interested in the response:   First of all, good for you for deciding to mulch. It is a great … Continue reading

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This Spring …..Plant Natives

Climate change is no longer that looming threat on the horizon. It is here and the changes are happening now. So, in the gardening world there is much discussion about how to use gardening to help prevent loss of habitat, … Continue reading

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Choosing Peonies for Fall Planting

  The information in this post pertains to herbaceous peonies – the ones most people in Ontario refer to as old fashioned peonies. Tree peonies and Itoh peonies will be discussed another time. Fall is the time to plant/transplant peonies. … Continue reading

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Plant Choices For Cold and Windy Sites

Since I started gardening at my current home, I have struggled to find plants that are happy existing in a cold windy exposed environment. Initially, I chose things I liked and things that I had grown successfully in previous gardens. … Continue reading

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Adding Native Plants to your Landscape

You have probably heard and read a lot lately about adding native plants to your landscape. Before we continue, let’s establish what a native plant is. A native plant is a plant that grew in the region prior to European … Continue reading

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