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Propagating Plants

Propagating PlantsPropagating Plants.

Propagating Stem Cuttings – Learn to propagate your own plants and save some money.


Plants from the Site Map

Ground Cover – Everything that is low to the ground to block out weeds and help retain moisture in the ground.


Sun Perennials – Perennials that I sell in my Plant Nursery that love full sun.

sun perennialsSun perennials from the site map.

  • Peonies – A beautiful shrub with big flowers that dies back to the ground every winter.
  • Bee Balm – A great attraction for bees and other pollinators.
  • Black-eyed Susan – Bright yellow petals with a black center will cheer up your day.
  • Balloon Flower – Flower buds that are truly unique. They look like little balloons and open to beautiful flowers.
  • Blanket Flower – Red, Yellow, and mixed flower colours to brighten up your gardens.
  • Blazing Star – Tall spikes of flowers about 3’ tall will make for a great plant behind smaller varieties.
  • Butterfly Weed – A must have for attracting butterflies to your garden.
  • Coneflower – Add some height to your garden with pink, purple, white and other colours that stand above lower plants.
  • Daylilies – These daylilies are very unique. Ruffled edges, multi-coloured and very gorgeous, a must have for your garden.
  • Hardy Hibiscus – Huge dinner plate size flowers that everyone loves.
  • Iris – multi-coloured flowers on tall spikes look great in the middle of the garden.
  • Garden Phlox – With a nice fragrance and lots of flowers, they attract birds and other pollinators.
  • Russian Sage – A deer and pest resistant perennial that will look great as a border plant.
  • Lavender – You can’t beat the fragrance that comes from growing lavender. 

Shade Perennials – Perennials that I sell in my Plant Nursery that love shade.

Shade perennials for your garden.Shade garden from the site map.
  • Astilbe – Tall spikes of blooms tower over the foliage, perfect for a shade garden.
  • Bleeding Hearts – Red, pink and white heart shaped blooms reaching up to 3’ tall.
  • Brunnera – Excellent silver heart shaped leaves make it stand out in your shade garden.
  • Goat's Beard – Tall white spikes of flowers reaching 6’ tall will great in the back of a shade garden.
  • Hosta – The most common shade tolerant plant is grown for its leaf colour and spreading habit. Great for keeping the weeds out.
  • Lungwort – Spotted leaves, purple spring flowers, and loves shade, great for brighten up the darker areas.
  • Spiderwort – Long graceful leaves of golden yellow to green with purple flowers that only open when the sun hits them. 
  • Bergenia – A perennial that keeps it leaves all winter and a nice substitute for Hostas. Large spikes of flowers in early spring and very large leaves.

Ornamental Grass – Adding height and texture to your garden.

Ornamental grasses to add height and texture to your garden.Ornamental grasses from the site map
  • Karl Foerster – a common tall grass growing 5-6’ with the flower plume, it’s perfect for adding height to your garden.
  • Flame Grass – Turning a bright reddish colour in the fall and also growing 5-6’ tall, it adds colour and height to your landscape.
  • Sweet Flag – known to some for being a medical plant it has a sweet smell when the leaves are rubbed together.
  • Elijah Blue Fescue – Grown for its bluish colour and fine texture as a border plant, it brightens up the garden.
  • Bearskin Fescue – Similar to Elijah Blue Fescue but has a dark green colour and rounded form.
  • Japanese Blood Grass – With long green leaves tipped in red, it’s a nice contrast in the landscape. 
  • Fountain Grass – Long flowing leaves and puffy plumes that everyone enjoys in the garden.
  • Hameln Fountain Grass – A shorter fountain grass that will work nicely in smaller gardens.
  • Bowles' Golden Sedge – Plant in full sun to full shade, this grass can grow in either with its bright yellowish coloured leaves.
  • Gray's Sedge – a very unique flower bud that looks like a rounded star with a lot of spikes coming from it.

Flowering Shrubs – Add colour, texture and style to your landscape.


Flowering shrubs for your landscape.Flowering Shrubs from the site map.
  • Forsythias – One of the first shrubs to bloom in the spring with its bright yellow flowers.
  • Lilacs – you can resist the sweet smell of lilacs filling the spring air. 
  • Viburnums – Huge snowball bush that can get up to 15’ tall, an awesome sight in the spring.
  • Deutzia – A nice rounded shrub that gets loaded with spring flowers. Trimming it after it flowers helps control its size.
  • Beautybush – pink flowers in spring, deer and rabbit resistant, drought tolerant and disease resistant, what else can you ask for in a flowering shrub? 
  • Sand Cherry – Tiny pinkish coloured flowers in spring and red stems all year round, it adds colour and texture to the garden.
  • Ninebark - Grown in the landscape for their clusters of flowers and there textured foliage.
  • Mock Orange – Sweet smelling flowers in spring will bring lots of pollinators to your garden.
  • Hydrangeas – One of the best flowering shrubs for a garden or landscape, they like to show off with all their gorgeous flowers all summer long.
  • Butterfly Bushes - With their long whimsical branches and clusters of fragrant flowers, you will have lots of butterflies around your landscape.
  • Weigelas – If you’re looking for texture and colour for your garden, this could be the shrub you are looking for. They vary in size and colour.
  • Spireas – A tightly compact small shrub that is the perfect size for any garden.
  • Potentillas – Flowering from late spring until frost, this low maintenance shrub only gets about 4’ tall and wide.
  • Summersweet – If you have a wet area this is the shrub for you. Fragrant spikes of flowers are good for attracting pollinators.
  • Bluebeard – Another smaller shrub only getting to 4’ tall. It gets loaded with bluish purple flowers all summer and the pollinators love it.
  • Rose of Sharon – Large colourful flowers from early summer until fall, it’s a low maintenance shrub that need room to grow.
  • Beautyberry – This shrub doesn’t start to show it’s true beauty until fall when it gets loaded with clusters of bright purple berries.

Hedges – Great for privacy hedges, wind breakers, dividing parts of your yard and many other things.

Types of shrubs for hedgesHedges from the site map
  • Barberries – A low maintenance shrub that works great for borders. Spring flowers turn to berries that are used for medical purposes.
  • Euonymus – A great evergreen, low maintenance shrub that makes a great hedge.
  • Cotoneaster – A low growing shrub that can be used for ground cover, great for a low hedge or border plant.
  • Golden Privet – A slow growing shrub that can get up to 10’ tall that will work great as a privacy hedge.
  • Dogwood Bush – Keeping these shrubs pruned is the best way to maintain its size. They will grow in any soil type and give great winter interest.
  • Yew Shrub – They make great privacy hedges or stand alone specimen plants. They can be toxic to animals if any part of the plant is eaten. 
  • Boxwood – Great for creating topiary and mazes, this is a slow growing shrub that makes a textured hedge.


Edibles – Start a permaculture with this great selection of edible plants.

Edibles for your backyardBerry plants from the site map.
  • Strawberry Plants – Big red delicious berries great for eating right off the plant. 
  • Blueberry Plants – These berries are great in jams, salads, cereal, or eating off the plant.
  • Blackberry Plants – Should be pruned to stay around 5’ tall for best berry production.
  • Raspberry Plants – Growing 3-5’ tall, they are tight clumping shrubs that produce lots of sweet berries.
  • Elderberry Bushes – With so many health benefits from the berries they make a great addition to anyone starting a permaculture.
  • Gooseberries – With a rather tart berry flavour when eaten off the bush, they are perfect when made in jams, pies, fool, and other sweet desserts.
  • Jostaberries – A less know berry but an excellent one to grow, Jostaberries are a cross between a gooseberry and a black currant.
  • Sea Buckthorn Plant – A lot of vitamins in the berries from this plant, they are great for making juice.
  • Rhubarb – Rhubarb pie, Rhubarb roll, Rhubarb with some sugar on top, it all taste great.
  • Flowering Quince – Growing about 5’ tall, the fruit are great for baking with. The bright coloured flowers show off very nicely in the spring.


Trees from the Site Map


Ornamental Trees – Adding a focal point to your landscape.

Ornamental trees for your landscape.Ornamental trees from the site map.
  • Pink Flowering Almond – Spring blooms of small pink flowers cover this tree and it look amazing.
  • Double Pink Flowering Plum - Growing 10-15' tall, this ornamental plum tree blooms in late spring and really puts on a show.
  • Fuji Cherry - Having zigzag branches with green leaves turning maroon in the fall, and blooms single pinkish flowers in late spring.
  • Eastern Redbud – A native to Ontario, its beautiful pinkish purple flowers bloom in spring.
  • Magnolia Tree – Another early spring bloomer, Magnolias will produce lots of big bold flowers.
  • Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Add colour to your garden with the purple leaves and the springtime pinkish flowers.
  • Tree Lilac – Having a single stem tree lilac instead of a bush will look amazing in your yard.
  • Serviceberry Trees – Grow one in your yard for fresh delicious berries every year.
  • Smoke Bush – Growing up to 15’ tall, they look great when they are blooming their “puff of smoke” flowers
  • Quince Tree - Growing about 5’ tall sometimes taller, the pear shaped fruit are great for baking. The bright coloured flowers show off very nicely in the spring.

Shade Trees

Best shade trees for your landscapeBest shade trees from the site map.
  • Maple Tree – Maple trees are everywhere so why not plant one in your yard.
  • Aspen Trees – Aspens make great shade trees. Their leaves turn yellow in the fall for a fantastic show.
  • Oak Trees – They are great to keep the soil from eroding with their deep roots and make a great shade tree.
  • Willow Trees – With their wispy weeping branches and longevity, they will cast shade for years to come.
  • Dogwood Trees – Dogwoods can grow very tall and when trained into a tree make the perfect shade tree.
  • Magnolia Trees – Considered a smaller tree, they will make awesome shade trees as they stay under the 25’ mark.

ConifersEvergreen trees

Conifers for your landscape.Conifer trees from the site map.
  • Cedars – One of the most popular trees for privacy and wind breaker, they make great specimen trees.
  • Spruces – Beautiful all year round, and also edible, the tips of the new growth are full of vitamin C and can be eaten right off the tree or cooked.
  • Hemlocks – A great tree to grow as it provides shelter and food for deer and birds.
  • Yews – A great specimen to plant in your garden, for making a hedge, and food and shelter for wildlife.
  • Pines – A beautiful looking tree that provides shelter and food for wildlife and will look great in a large yard.
  • Junipers – Great for wildlife they are perfect for birds to nest in and provide winter food source with their berries.
  • Cypress – If you have a wet area this is the tree for you. They can be grown in dry areas but need to stay wet until established.

Pest Problems

Common Garden Pests - Identifying and controlling these bothersome pests.

common garden pestsCommon Garden Pests from the site map.
  • Japanese Beetles – The most troublesome pest for gardeners. Learn how to identify and control them.
  • Aphids – Small coloured bugs that suck the sap out of the plant’s leaves, they come in masses and can wipe out a plant in a very short time.
  • Mealybugs - white, soft-body cotton-like insects that invade many plants both indoors and outdoors.
  • Scale Insects - looking like bumps on the stems and leaves of your plants, they have a protective coating on them that makes it hard to kill them.
  • Earwigs – Despite the myths, they do not hurt people but they will eat the leaves of your plant.
  • Slugs and Snails - These slimy little creatures will leave holes in the leaves of your plant during the night and hide in cool damp places during the day.
  • Caterpillars – They like to eat part of the leaf and move on to the next leaf, so your plant will take a beating.
  • Spider Mites – Microscopic spiders that suck the sap out of the leaves of your plant. 
  • Leaf Miners – Larvae of flying insects that tunnel their way through leaves. They leave squiggly lines in the leaves.
  • Whiteflies – They suck the sap out of the leaves and leave honeydew behind which attracts ants.


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