Mulching for a Low Maintenance Landscape

Mulching for a Low Maintenance Landscape

Even the most fervent raking and cleaning will still leave behind the fallen leaves from last year’s planting. I must admit that rather than pick each branch and leaf, I often resort to a nice clean layer of mulch over my entire garden bed. It creates such a nice,...
Spring Bulb – Summer Flower

Spring Bulb – Summer Flower

I love a natural looking garden full of colour, and spring bulbs, tubers and roots deliver on both in spades. For any green green thumbs we should mention that Spring Bulbs are planted in spring and flower in the summer and fall. Spring flowering plants like Tulips,...
Proper Planting Techniques

Proper Planting Techniques

One of the number one killers of flowers, trees and shrubs is improper planting technique. It’s unfortunate as the plant never has an opportunity to thrive, making it more susceptible to pests and disease. A few standard techniques should help your new addition...
Easter and Your Pets

Easter and Your Pets

It’s a cruel trick of nature that some of the most beautiful, colorful springtime plants pose a deadly temptation to the four-legged members of your family. Some pets will leave house plants alone and others are quick to munch on leaves. In the case of cats there are...
Dear Deer, STAY OUT!

Dear Deer, STAY OUT!

If your lucky enough to live on a country lot or nearby a naturalized conservation area, chances are you’ve come in contact with a deer or two. Bambi may be cute but like it’s woodland affiliate Thumper they can be downright destructive. Some plants are simply deer...
When Peonies Don’t Bloom

When Peonies Don’t Bloom

A classic staple in many traditional gardens, the faithful Peony is one of my absolute favourites. There are so many different varieties and the fragrance in bloom is absolutely intoxicating. But what happens when your plant is just a whole lot of green, all leaf and...

Landscape Lighting

You’ve completed your garden, and created an enviable outdoor oasis. It’s a shame that night ever comes, covering all your hardwork in a shroud of darkness. The solution to this is creative and specific outdoor lighting design. Illumination can accentuate and draw...

Is a Raised Bed the Best Choice for You?

I think I should preface this entry with a foreword regarding my belief that a raised vegetable garden is not necessarily a large low wooden structure. It can come in the form of an oversized planter, railing planter or even a hanging basket. There are many reasons to...

Too much Rain!?

Usually I’m a pretty big fan of rain but recently there has been a little too much even for my taste. It’s not just a matter of preference, too much wet weather can wreak havoc on a garden. So unless you have a way to control the weather (please tell me) I’ll review...
Maximize your Garden

Maximize your Garden

I’ve talked a lot about lot size in my past blogs and this brings me to my topic today, Maximizing your Landscape. Not everyone is blessed with acres of space and this means we need to work with what we have. So what do you do if you a little spaces but a lot of...

The best plants for fall container gardens

It’s certainly felt like fall this past week. Not as cold as Calgary (snow in September?!!) but cold nonetheless. Weather like this inspires us to start refreshing some of our container gardens and baskets. We’ve talked before about the proper construction of...

Ferns Make Shady Friends

Ferns may look delicate but they can be pretty hardy.  Many ferns, including evergreen types, are  tough plants, and most are highly adaptable, they thrive in average soil and in shady conditions. These primitive plants have been around for a good 350 million years...
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