Identify Your Growing Conditions

Exposure and Soil Conditions

The type of plants that will succeed in your garden will in part depend on the growing conditions it provides. The amount of shade, moisture, drainage, wind, snow cover, foot traffic, Kids, and salt from the road, etc., will all affect the result. As well, soil conditions, and competition from large trees are factors. We will take into account your growing conditions when we design your garden so that success will be ensured.

Sun garden

The sun garden requires a sunny exposure, with no or very little shade for most of the day. If the planting area faces south, south east or southwest, and has no neighbouring buildings or trees that will case a shadow from 9:00am till 6:00pm, a sun garden will be successful. The sun garden can grow a large variety of flowering plants and we will choose the best for you according to this and other factors.

Part Shade garden

If your garden has shade for half of the day, or less it will be considered a part shade garden. Dappled shade that is provided by smaller trees or trees that are distant may also be considered part shade. The part shade garden can grow a large variety of flowering plants, although a different selection from the full sun planting list.

Full Shade Garden

If the planting area faces north and is shaded by nearby buildings most of the day you will likely have heavy shade but moisture should not be a problem. However, if your plot is shaded by mature trees whose roots extend under the proposed planting area you will have not only heavy shade but dry shade. These conditions will restrict the number of plants that will do well. Fewer flowers are produced under these conditions. Never the less, a beautiful garden can be grown even in deep dry shade as long as soil preparation, plant selection is done correctly and provisions for watering are made. We will make appropriate plant selections and check with you about the watering you will be able to provide (if any).

Wind Tolerant Garden

If the proposed planting site is on an exposed hill or between tall buildings that create a wind tunnel effect, conditions may be quite windy. Plants that can tolerate these conditions will be selected. Tall plants with weak stems will not be suitable. Nor will plant that dry out easily. As well, high winds in winter will reduce the hardiness of woody plants – trees and shrubs. We will take all of this into account and choose the plants accordingly. Ornamental grasses for instance do exceedingly well in these conditions and look fantastic moving in the wind.

Steep Slope Garden

The steeply sloping front yards often seen in Toronto neighbourhoods is an excellent candidate for an English Cottage Style Garden. Trying to grow and cut a lawn on such a space is difficult and dangerous! The slope offers an especially attractive “tiered” effect and will display the flowers to passers-by by to full advantage. Plants that prefer the sharp drainage these sites provide will be selected.

Dry Land Garden

Established plantings of most types of perennials, trees, vines and shrubs are more drought tolerant and need much less watering than lawn grasses to keep them looking good. When your neighbour’s lawn has done brown and unattractive due to restricted watering ordnances – your flower garden will still look great! If your plot is particularly dry, or you do not wish to do any watering, we can further select plants that prefer dry conditions. The number of flowering plants in the category is extensive. Even dry shade can be accommodated albeit with fewer choices and fewer flowers.

Wet Land Garden

Ground that gets more than it’s share of moisture due to runoff from higher areas, rooftops, or natural springs can be too wet for some plants to thrive. Additionally if the ground is heavy clay, or does not drain well, with puddles forming on rainy days, care must be taken with plant selections, as many common garden plants will just drown in these conditions. But no worries, if your plot is wet there are still many beautiful plants that will love the extra moisture – which your neighbours with “perfect growing conditions” can’t grow!