Clay soil is typically what we find in new developments and we identify as heavy, yellowish and very soggy when wet. There are only a few advantages to clay soil; and so it is recommended to amend soil for planting landscapes in more favorable growing conditions. There are some plants (listed below) that will tolerate clay though tolerate is not the same as thriving.

Seaberry is an easy to grow plant that can thrive on dry sites. Plants are either male or female, which means that you need a male pollinator for fruit production. Fruit is orange, grows in clusters and ripens late August to early September. Because of the thorny structure of the plant, it can be hard to harvest the berries, but it is well worth it to make your own juice, syrup or oil.

The cottage garden is a distinct style that uses informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. The cottage garden is more about charm than a grandeur formal style. It is relaxed, colourful, fun and reflects an easy-growing beauty.

Acidic soil beneath spruce trees can be a challenge when it comes to planting. Common questions are…Will grass grow under a spruce? What can I plant that won’t be damaging to the tree's root system? How much can I build up the soil under the tree?  Because lower limbs have been removed, what options does one have for adding shrubs, perennials and annuals?

84% of Canadians now live in towns and cities. As you might imagine, there are specific issues that arise in an urban setting that are not problems at all in the rural areas of our nation. So, since the vast majority of us are trying to grow plants, trees and flowers in urban settings, what are the specific issues?

Here is a summary: