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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 [...]

Sunny Corner Bed

The Sunny Corner Bed Design by Kelly Schroeder.

This garden bed is designed to be tucked up against the corner of a fence or into a bright nook against the house.  Varieties are selected for optimum bloom time interspersed with bold foliage, texture and colour.  This garden will be a colourful delight all season long, from late spring until autumn. The Heucherella will [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Shady Island Bed

Shady Garden Design by Kelly Schroeder.

  Presenting the first in a series of garden designs … We are very pleased to present a garden a week over the next few weeks which we hope will help gardeners discover design solutions for various of their garden types and situations.  Enjoy!   A tree plunked in the lawn is a pain to [...]

Hydrangea – Tips on How to Prune and Care for …

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Hydrangea have been, and still are, very popular shrubs for the garden.  Learn how to prune and take care of them for years of enjoyment. Click here to read more …

Poisonous Plants

Pretty but Poisonous - Iris 'Raspberry Blush'

  The plants listed on the following pages are poisonous to some degree.  We’ve created this special index as a public service to perennial gardeners. Most home gardens contain at least some toxic or poisonous plants.  Some of the most popular ornamentals are toxic, including shrubs like Rhododendrons and Hydrangeas, trees like Horse-chestnut and Holly, [...]

Design & Layout

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1.  An overwhelming choice Modern gardeners are very fortunate to live in a time when the passion for perennial plants has reached a frenzy like never before.  The selection is now overwhelming, to say the least.  This is good in one sense, bringing diversity and greater possibilities into our lives, but it also makes the [...]

Herb Gardening

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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 [...]

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