Spring Cleaning in the Perennial Garden

Surely spring is the busiest season of the year for the avid perennial gardener.  Fortunately, most of us have been cooped up indoors all winter and are anxious to get outside anyhow, and the cool but pleasant spring weather beckons to our gardening spirit! Is it time yet? The dead tops of perennials that have […]

How to Select and Plant Perennials

PLANTING STEPS (a)  After preparing soil, dig a hole deep enough to hold root ball. (b)  Remove the pot, break up root ball if root-bound. (c)  Place root in the hole, fill with water. (d)  Refill with soil. Root ball should be slightly below soil surface. (e)  Water a second time. 1.  CHOOSING PERENNIALS When […]

Perennial Gardening in Containers

1.  Container Garden Considerations From patios and balconies to decks and porches, container gardens can add colour and interest to any area around your home… and you don’t even need a garden.  There is a lot to consider in planting and maintaining container gardens, but these tips should provide enough information to make your first […]

Succeeding with Hardy Ferns …

  1. SOME FERN FACTS Ferns are valuable garden plants of great dependability and beauty. Their leaves, known as fronds, can be lacy or leathery, plain green or variegated, providing a long season of interest.  Rarely suffering from pests and diseases, they offer trouble-free elegance. Ferns were tremendously popular in Victorian times, and many of […]

Perennial Gardening with Limited Water

  1. Water is not an endless resource In various regions of North America the supply of clean fresh water for human consumption is becoming a less available resource.  Many urban areas have had to place bans or tight restrictions on residential use of treated water for lawns and gardens.  Even gardeners in rural areas […]

Preparing the Garden for Winter

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 […]

Herb Gardening

Herb gardening has become a very popular past time with youtube videos available to newbies and a host of websites educating visitors on their history and importance, to offering advice on how to grow, how to care for, how to use for culinary, spiritual and medicinal applications. For our purposes, we’re going to focus on […]

Groundcover with the Wet Look!

Surely regular old Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis) is North America’s #1 most popular groundcover.  Its thick, dense appearance and evergreen habit still make it one of the best choices for many applications.  ‘Green Sheen’ is a terrific new variation on the old standby, every bit as vigorous, yet offering a slightly different effect in the […]

The Northern Garden

Tips on Gardening in Northern British Columbia Visit: Editor Diana Roberts comes up with a new issue of her site every Monday, with detailed ideas on how to succeed with gardening in far northern regions. She has a huge archive of past articles, many of them about perennial gardening. More information is available on […]

Composting Advice

Need Advice on COMPOSTING? The Composting Council of Canada is updating their site with lots of “how to” information on composting, mulching and other organic gardening tips.   Visit: or The University of Illinois Extension site on Composting in the Home Garden at: