The optimal planting time depends on what you’re planting. Perennial plants are best planted in spring, but it’s better to plant peonies in the fall.
Rose of Sharon loves heat, so it will be happy in your hottest spot. It’s hardy only to minus -12°C, and in a severe winter cold snap, the branches might die back.
Visiting gardens farther afield also offers up lots of inspiration, especially garden design ideas that can be transplanted to your own space.
With autumn creeping in, there are changes in the garden.
Here’s my leaf mulch drill: twice in autumn, I rake up big piles of fallen leaves and needles, and throw them into a lightweight plastic kiddy pool. I drag the pool around from area to area, distributing the leaf mulch.
Punctuate your garden to create a compelling narrative. Here’s how to use trees and plants as exclamation marks, periods, commas and other signals.
Lorraine Flanigan reports on MosaïCulture Gatineau which runs until Oct. 15, 2018, at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec, featuring 45 pieces of living horticultural sculptures.