Sanguisorba ‘Little Angel’. (Photo by Marco van Noort)

Getting to know sanguisorbas

Lorraine Flanigan

Long favoured by British and European gardeners, sanguisorbas (burnets) are starting to show up in Canadian gardens. These understated perennials are hardy.

Double Play Artist, a short spirea that emerges in spring with rich purple-red leaves that turn blue-green for summer, has burgundy foliage in autumn. (Photo by Brendan Adam-Zwelling)

There’s something about spirea

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

From traditional cultivars to newer, longer — and larger — blooming ones, versatile Japanese spireas (Spiraea japonica cvs.) will work in any garden.

New Guinea impatiens will provide some flower colour in shady areas. (Photo by Proven Winners)

What are suitable plants for windy balconies?

Beckie Fox

What are suitable plants for a windy north facing fifth floor balcony in Toronto (zone 6)? I am looking for plants that can withstand the wind, and can do reasonably well without much direct sunlight.

Anemones plants have tall flowers that dip and bob atop long, wiry stems. (Photo by Walters Gardens, Inc.)

Plants that move

Beckie Fox

Increase your garden’s range of motion with plants that move and waltz in the wind — then sit back and enjoy the show

Hellebores grow well in dry, shady gardens. (Photo by Joanne Young)

8 plants for dry and shady gardens

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Gardening in full shade and dry soil is a challenge. Tips on how to cope, with ideas for 8 plants that will survive in dry and shady gardens.