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Fall Planting Tips

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In warm summer regions, fall can be an ideal time to plant a brand new perennial garden or to rejig an established one.  The moisture is back (or hopefully will be shortly), the days and nights are cooler and as gardeners we are more comfortable being outdoors than high summer, so we will likely put […]






Preparing the Garden for Winter

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Moving or dividing perennials in the autumn is a great way to reduce your work next spring.  The cool, moist weather is an ideal time for perennial roots to become well established, even in cold-winter regions. Gardeners often ask us when the best season is to move specific perennials, so we have a working “rule […]






Winter Preparation

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Even though many perennials do well when cut back in fall, remember that some perennials are actually quite attractive throughout the winter months.  Why not leave them if you’re not sure and make notes this year of which ones could use a good trimming (cut back to 6 to 8 inches) next fall and which […]






Dividing Perennials in the Spring

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  One of the most rewarding aspects of perennial gardening is the fact that most plants actually increase in size over the years.  After a time, some of your perennials are going to benefit from being divided, and in most cases spring is a terrific time to go about this task. We divide perennials for […]






Summer Pinching, Cutting Back and Deadheading

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Anybody who grows perennials in their garden is familiar with the idea of cutting off the dead tops of their plants in late fall or early spring.  By nature, most flowering perennials will die back to ground level in the fall, leaving behind their dried-up tops; cutting these back at the appropriate time is a […]






The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden Design by Kelly Schroeder.

There is something special about watching a butterfly flit from flower to flower and by selecting the right plants and providing a couple of key things, you can attract these gossamer guests into your garden. Find a bright, sheltered corner to tuck this garden into and provide a small water feature such as a bird […]






The Garden Room Retreat

The Garden Room Retreat Design by Kelly Schroeder.

There has been a lot of talk about garden rooms over the past number of years.  Simply put, it is a space that defines special areas of the landscape for specific uses.   One of the most important elements in a garden room is creating a sense of enclosure.  The plants selected to enclose the area […]






Front Walk Garden Border

The Front Walk Garden Border by Kelly Schroeder.

With the way our subdivisions are set up, many home owners struggle with a narrow strip of ‘no man’s land’ between neighbouring properties.  Instead of simply turfing the area, make a statement with a colourful perennial border.   If the space available on your own property is less than 2’ wide, have a chat with your […]






Friendly Neighbour Perennial Border

Friendly Neighbour Perennial Border Design by Kelly Schroeder.

  This week’s addition to our Garden Design Vignettes segment promotes team work.  For neighbours who enjoy gardening but would like to share not only the work but the cost, this is a garden idea for you!   Break the monotonous repetition of suburban front lawns by teaming up with your neighbour to produce an amazing […]