Monthly Archives: October 2014

Christmas Fairy Land Workshop

We will be making a Christmas Fairy Land, a great event for young and old. This is a great opportunity to get into Fairy Gardening, we have all the supplies and decorations and our Fairy Specialist, Lisa, will be on hand to help you out with design ideas. Best of all, this Fairy Garden can easily be updated for any season with just a few modifications.

For more information on dates and times please see our Events Calender, and click on the workshop for more information on how to register.DSC_0388

Festive Sleigh Workshop

DSC_0382We will be making a gorgeous Christmas display for your entry-way. We will be using a sleigh and bench that are great to use for years to come, also we will be using live greens, berries, birds and making a beautiful bow. This is a great way to learn about the art of arrangement making and bow making. It is a lot of fun for young and old, so sign up today and have a blast with Westland!

Check out our events calendar for more details on the dates and times.

Some More Tips on Fall Pruning

Last week we went over the general rule of thumb when pruning. Which is when it blooms is the time to prune.

So this week we will continue to list species that benefit from a pruning in the fall and species that do not benefit from pruning. But you will see, that the list of what not to prune is much larger than the list of what to prune. So if you are in doubt – HOLD OUT until spring.


Ornamental Grasses do not need to be cut back in the fall, but they are suitable fall or early spring trimming to keep them looking tidy.

Ornamental Sedges like Carex, Festuca and Helictotrichon are not recommended for pruning in any season, rather spring, summer and fall cleaning of dead foliage to keep them looking sharp.

And in case you were wondering, it is recommended to do one final mow of the lawn to cut your grass back to 2 1/2 inches to prevent winter damage.


Rose pruning is a bit more tricky. Roses are recommended to have a light prune (more like a dead-heading) between bloom flushes in the summer months. For a hard prune, one where you cut back more than half of the plant, it is recommended you wait until March-April. The general rule of thumb for hard pruning of roses is that you wait until the Forsythia are in bloom and prune as soon as you see this. Once you decide to do a hard prune you may cut the stems back to 5cm of stem height.

Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Azalea’s and Rhododendrons can get leggy throughout the summer months and we have been asked a lot whether they can be pruned in the fall. Take a look at your prized plants, if you look at the tips of the branches you can see buds, and in those buds are the glorious flowers that will be coming out next spring, so please do not prune Rhodendrons or Azalea’s in the fall.

Fruit Trees

Fruit trees benefit from fall and winter pruning. Apples, pears and cherries may be pruned from late fall to late winter. It is recommended to wait until early spring to prune your nectarine or peach trees because they may pick up a disease over the long winter months.

If you have any other species that you would like us to discuss, feel free to write an email (, give us a call 519-238-1321, or pop in and ask, we would be glad to help!

Happy Gardening


It is time to Cut Back some Shrubs and Perennials


It is time to do some maintenance work in the garden. Our flowering trees, shrubs and perennials can have huge benefits from some timely pruning and maintenance.

It is important to know which plants are to be cut back in the fall, rather than in the spring. A great general rule of thumb is that if it blooms in fall, it should be pruned in fall and if it blooms in spring, it should be pruned in spring. So this means this is NOT the time of year to prune your: lilacs, serviceberries, red buds, magnolias or any other spring blooming shrubs.

Certain  perennial plants benefit from the protection of their dead shoots over the harsh winter. Here is a list of perennial plants that are not recommended for pruning or cutting back: Fall Mums, Sedum, Butterfly Weed and Heuchera.

Now that we have gone over what not to prune in the fall, lets get to what is important WHAT CAN I PRUNE IN THE FALL?

Here is a list of just a few perennial plants that should be cut back in the fall: Irises, beebalm, lilies, blanket flower, columbine, corydalis, and day-lilies all require a fall pruning to reduce the incidence of diseases.

Here is a list of just a few perennial shrubs that should be cut back in the fall: Annabelle, PG and Limelight Hydrangeas do not require pruning, however, if you are looking to maintain shape or reduce the size of these shrubs – fall is the best time to do it.

If you would like to maintain the shape of your evergreens or reduce their size, fall is the best time to do their pruning.

Because the foliage of these plants may contain a disease it is highly recommended that you burn the plant material after pruning, rather than composting because this will eliminate the spread of disease.

Happy Gardening!



Happy Gardening