Magnolia Trees

Magnolia Trees

Magnolias add a burst of blooms to any landscape with their giant pedals in various shades of white and pink. Magnolia trees can range enormously in height; with a lifespan of 80-120 years, they can reach anywhere from 8ft to 60ft! This makes magnolia trees ideal for yards, as they come in all shapes and sizes. No matter how limited or expansive the space is, there’s a type of magnolia tree to fit your needs. In this blog, we’ll go over what it takes to grow a Magnolia tree of your own this Spring.

When to Plant Magnolias

If you’re in a cold climate, the best time to plant magnolias is in early Spring. However, if you find magnolias available at your garden centre anytime throughout the year, it’s acceptable to go ahead and plant them. Evergreen magnolias are especially recommended for growth during this time as long as the soil is workable.

Magnolia Spacing

Magnolias require ample space to thrive and should stay put once planted. It’s best to keep the area beneath them clear of anything else as their falling leaves can smother plants, although they will decompose and act as a natural mulch that provides essential nutrients for the tree.

Planting Magnolias

Magnolia trees prefer well-drained, nutrient-rich soil such as sandy, loamy or clay. When planting, consider the depth of its roots – which makes them vulnerable to damage caused by foot traffic and heavy soil compaction. Mulching can help keep the roots cool, especially in the early years after they are planted.

Magnolia Sunlight

Regarding light requirements, evergreen varieties need full sun, while deciduous ones require some partial shade. Magnolias generally prefer full sun for optimal growth, but in areas with extreme heat or dryness, some shade is necessary to protect them from the intense afternoon sun.

Watering Magnolias

After planting, providing your new tree with enough water is essential. Depending on the climate, watering should occur 2-3 times per week during cooler months and then once weekly throughout the growing season. For watering, use 2-3 gallons per inch of trunk diameter (3.0-4.4 litres per cm).

Tip: Although magnolia seeds and leaves aren’t toxic, they are not meant to be eaten. If your pet does consume parts of the tree, keep an eye out for any signs of indigestion or discomfort and seek advice from your vet. 

Magnolia trees are a fantastic specimen, combining breathtaking flowers with lustrous foliage and an irresistible fragrance. Their unparalleled beauty and aroma can bring complete serenity to your garden. Now that you know how to plant your very own, all there is left to do is choose your favourite one!

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Milkweed 101

Milkweed 101

Milkweed is one of the most essential plants in our environment. It provides food and shelter to wildlife, including butterflies, bees, moths, and other pollinators. In addition to providing these benefits, milkweed is easy to grow and can be found in many different climates. In this article, we will explore everything there is to know about milkweed.

About Milkweed

Milkweed belongs to the herbaceous family and is a perennial plant. When properly cared for, it can live up to two years. It’s a popular choice among butterflies as it provides them with a safe place to lay eggs, while their leaves serve as food for newly hatched larvae, allowing them to reproduce.

Canada has around thirteen distinct types of milkweed, one of the most popular being Aslepias. This plant blooms in pastels shades like pink, purple, white and orange, producing clusters of star-shaped flowers with milky sap inside their stems.


Humans have utilized milkweed for a long time, not only as an essential part of the ecosystem but also as a source of the material. Its silk-like fibres have been used to stuff pillows and mattresses for centuries.
For centuries, numerous indigenous tribes have also implemented milkweed for various medicinal purposes. It was applied as a treatment for warts, chewed to cure dysentery, and utilized in salves and infusions to ease swelling, rashes, coughs, fevers and asthma.

Pro-TipTo escape the wind and find some reprieve after a tiring day, butterflies look for cozy spots like beneath leaves, between blades of grass, tucked between rocks or even huddled up on tree branches. As gardeners, the best thing we can do to provide a safe shelter for butterflies is to introduce a manmade butterfly home! Place your butterfly home near your popular butterfly flowers to make sure it’s visible, and add some sticks and dry leaves to help entice them.

How to Grow Milkweed

By introducing certain milkweed into your garden or landscape, you can create a natural habitat that will attract beneficial insects such as bees, butterflies, and other pollinators while also repelling common pests. This cheap and simple solution is a great way to make a positive impact on the environment while also taking care of pesky pest problems!

Sun Full sunlight
Sow Start sowing the seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date, and then transplant them or sow directly in late spring. The optimal soil temperature for germination is between 10-25°C (50-75°F).
Sprout 7-35 days.
Cover Make sure to just sprinkle the tiny seeds with a sterilized seed starting mix. When it’s time for transplanting, be sure to keep them 30-60 cm or 12-24 inches apart.
Zone Hardy to Zone 3
Difficulty Easy

Pro-tip: All varieties of milkweed native to Canada contain a milky sap with poisonous qualities. Be sure to wear gloves when handling!

Popular Varieties to Try!

Milkweed Pleurisy Root

Asclepias Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias Butterfly Bush 

Red Swamp


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How To Grow Snapdragons

How To Grow Snapdragons

Introduction: What Makes Snapdragons a Must-Have in Your Garden?

Snapdragons are perfect for any garden. Their beautiful and vibrant colours, long blooming season and easy-to-grow nature, make them a must-have. With the right growing tips and care, snapdragons can bring beauty and life to your garden all year round. In this article, we’re here to provide helpful information on successfully growing your snapdragons at home.

About Snapdragons

The snapdragon is a type of flower with four or five yellow, white, purple, and blue lobes. In addition to having a long stem that can grow up to three feet tall, the flower also has many tiny leaves along the stem.

Snapdragons were initially found in mountainous terrain stretching from Europe to North Africa, American and Canadian regions. Belonging to the Antirrhinum family, snapdragons were introduced to the Americas in the early 1800s.

Fun fact: Resembling the face of a dragon, squeezing the base on the flower can create the illusion of a dragon opening and closing its mouth as it’s pressed lightly.

Snapdragon Growing Conditions

To get the best results when planting snapdragons, it is important to understand the ideal soil conditions and when to sow the seeds. Knowing the optimal depth for planting will ensure that your snapdragon plants have all of the necessary nutrients and moisture they need to thrive. With some knowledge, you can have a vibrant display of snapdragons in no time.

When to Sow: Direct Outdoors, Late Spring Bloom

Sprouts: 7-14 days
Bloom:  Late spring-early summer
Location: Full-partial sun
Difficulty: Easy
Lifecycle: Perennial
Planting depth: 1″
Seed Spacing:  Surface
Plant spread: Approx. 8″

How to Plant Snapdragons

1.) For optimal results, starting your seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost is usually recommended.

2.) Space seeds at a distance of 1 inch and cover lightly.

3.) Keep the soil consistently moist and exposed to ample light until you transplant it outdoors.

4.) Once the seedlings have grown big enough, transfer them 2 inches apart into bigger containers or separate pots.

5.) For optimal growth, place your transplanted flowers in soil that is nutrient-rich and has good drainage, as well as being exposed to direct sunlight.

Tip: To keep flowers blooming longer, trim away any spent stalks after flowering. This encourages more blooms throughout the season.

Harvesting Snapdragons

1.) To successfully cut snapdragons, use garden shears and snip them at a 45-degree angle, just above the leaf node. The best time to do this is early in the day when the flowers from the lower one-fourth or one-third of the spike have blossomed.

2.) Then fill a clean vase with about half to two-thirds of cold water and add your favourite flower preservative.

3.)To keep your snapdragons fresh, start by taking each one out of the water and cutting 1 inch off the stem at a 45-degree angle while running warm water. Put them inside a vase immediately and set them in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.

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2023 March Gardening Tips

2023 March Gardening Tips

With the arrival of spring, it is time to get your garden ready for the new season. March is a great month to started on some of your favourite gardening activities! Plus, don’t forget it’s the best time of year to get everything you need while shelves are fully-stocked. In this weeks blog, we’re here to share everything you can do this March, so that you can grow your best garden yet this Spring!

March Checklist

Still have snow on the ground? That’s no problem at all! With March comes a lot of preparation for a whole new season ahead. Whether you’re cooped up indoors or just about ready to dig in the dirt, we’re here to make sure you cross off everything there is to do this month with our handy check-list below.

 Feed houseplants with garden prod Palm & Tropical Fertilizer, 9-3-3 and repot houseplants for optimal growth.
  Plan out your garden to make sure the growing conditions for all your plants are met. Consider growing vertical gardens for extra space and privacy!
 Try building raised beds in your vegetable garden this year, drainage is much improved and the soil temperature is 8-13F or higher.
 Build up your soil with bone meal, manure, or with your own garden compost.
 Feed established outdoor plants with Nurseryland All purpose 20-20-20 plant food.
 If and when your grass is dry, mow at a high setting.
 Prune mophead hydrangeas by cutting off last years flowering stems.
 Arrange plant support when the ground becomes warm enough.
 Watch for arrival of fresh and new nursery stock. We’re starting to get more and more each day!
 Check for drainage! Walk your lawn to see where water has collected and make repairs as needed.
 Do a clean-up rose pruning now.
 Start Tuberous Begonias inside now, transport outdoors when the soil is workable.
 Try installing a rain-water system, to save money on watering this year!
 Try planting popular varieties of Spring Bulbs LiliesDahliasAnemonesCannaCallaRanunculusBegoniasAnemone & More!
 Prune trees and shrubs, from any winter damage. Repair broken branches with clean cuts to prevent mites.
 Try using recycled plastic for sowing seeds, like yogurt cups!

Sowing In March

March is the perfect time to sow seeds for your garden. Whether you are a novice or an experienced gardener, sowing seeds in March can help you get a head start on the growing season. There are many benefits to sowing seeds in this month, including taking advantage of the early spring weather conditions and avoiding pests and diseases. Additionally, March is a great time to test out new varieties of plants and experiment with different planting techniques. Check out our handy list of seeds that are ready for sowing this Spring!

South Coastal, BC BroccoliSageMintCabbageRosemarySweet PeaTomatoViola
Interior, BC PepperOnionTomatoArtichokePeaBroadBeanOreganoMarjoramDianthusAgastache
Canadian Prairies LeekOnionPepperArtichokePeaOreganoThymeLemongrassDigitalisLavender
Southern Ontario AsparagusArugulaPeaSesameLettuceParsleyCatnipMintBergamotDigitalis
Southern Quebec LavenderRosemarySageMintNigellaViolaSweet PeaClaytoniaOnionPepper
Maritimes ThymeOreganoCatnipAlyssumDigitalisSweet PeaLeekOnionBroad BeanArtichoke
Northern Canadian Regions ArtichokeLeekOnionOreganoRosemaryMintSageDigitalisViolaColumbine
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Top 5: Spring Fruits

Top 5: Spring Fruits

Springtime is the perfect time to plant fruits in your garden or backyard. Whether you’re looking for a delicious snack or a beautiful addition to your landscape, there are plenty of options available. From strawberries and cherries to blueberries and kiwis, here are the top five best fruits to plant this spring.

1.) Strawberry Plants

Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They come in various shapes, sizes and colours and are known for their sweet flavour and bright red colour. Many different strawberries are available today, each with unique characteristics and flavours. From the classic June-bearing strawberry to the exotic Alpine strawberry, there is something for everyone!

The nutrient-rich content of strawberries makes them an ideal addition to any healthy diet. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, and dietary fibre. They also contain potent antioxidants, which help protect against various diseases. Additionally, the high levels of polyphenolic compounds found in strawberries may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.

2.) Blueberry Plants

Blueberries are one of nature’s most potent superfoods. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibre, blueberries have been linked to numerous health benefits, including improved heart health, better brain function, and a reduced risk of certain cancers. The sweet-tart flavour of blueberries makes them a great addition to any diet! Planting blueberry plants in the spring when temperatures warm up will ensure that your plants have enough time to establish themselves before winter arrives. You can enjoy a bountiful harvest of delicious blueberries with proper care throughout the summer months.

3.) Haskap Plants

Haskap plants are a type of berry that has been gaining popularity recently. They have a sweet-tart flavour and are packed with essential nutrients and vitamins. Haskap plants are high in antioxidants, which can help fight off free radicals and protect against chronic illnesses. They also contain Vitamins C and A, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. In addition to their nutritional benefits, Haskaps are easy to grow and require minimal maintenance.

4.) Raspberry Plants

Growing raspberries in your garden is a great way to enjoy the sweet taste of this delicious fruit. They are a healthy snack and can also be used to make jams, pies, and other treats. Raspberries come in wide varieties, each with its unique flavour and texture. Knowing the difference between these types of raspberries can help you choose the right one for your garden. In addition to their delicious taste, growing raspberries offers several benefits, such as providing habitat for beneficial insects, reducing erosion, and improving soil quality!

5.) Kiwi Plants


Kiwi plants are a unique species of woody vines native to New Zealand. They have become popular in recent years for their sweet, tangy fruits, as well as for their ornamental value. Kiwi plants are easy to care for and can be grown in various climates, making them an ideal choice for gardeners looking to add some exotic appeal to their landscape. They require little maintenance and can provide an abundance of delicious fruits if cared for properly.
All varieties of these plants are members of the Actinidia genus and produce edible fruit with an intensely tangy flavour. They serve as tasty additions to salads and can be used in many different culinary applications. Additionally, the flowers of these plants provide an attractive ornamental value for those looking to add colour to their landscape. Each variety has specific care requirements, but there are some similarities.

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