Expert Advice

Japanese Style Gardens

The distinctive look of Japanese gardens is easy to recognize but difficult to achieve.  Full of symbols that convey the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, Japanese gardens are meant to be both a visual and spiritual experience. The three main elements of Japanese gardens are trees and shrubs, water and stones. […]

Plants for prairies

Bearded Iris. Hardness: Zone 2. This is beautiful perennial with easy maintenance habits. Perfectly suited for full sun to partly shade very many Bearded Irises will brighten up the garden. It grows up to 60-120 cm and blooms in late spring to early summer with blue, purple, yellow or white flowers. The foliage consist […]

Garden maintenance in autumn

Now is a good time to divide large clumps of delphiniums, daylilies and peonies if they are too big in your perennial garden. New beds and boarders can be planned and prepared as well. You may add compost and mature that will provoke next year bloom. Organic matter brings important […]

Best Perennials for Calgary

If you’ve had a routine of planting colorful annuals every spring and summer and are starting to think that all that money and planting is getting to be too much, you are ready for perennials. Perennials return to grow and rebloom every season in your garden, meaning you only have […]

Devonian Gardens in DT reopen!

Devonian gardens in Calgary Down Town, located at 8 Ave & 2 St SW on fourth floor was restored June 27, 2012. I waited this re-opening almost 4 years. Remembering how it was wonderful as enchanting forest in big megalopolis I liked to see a new look after reconstruction. Yes, […]

Choosing trees and shrubs….

Choosing waterwise plants that not only grow and thrive in Calgary’s short growing season, but also able to survive cold winter temperatures, drying winds and limited snow cover. Only plants labelled Zone 2 or 3 consistently hardy enough to survive year after year in Calgary. Make plant selection based on […]