If you are a beginner or a seasoned gardener, we can help you every step along the way. Below we have provided you with some basic information about flowers, which will help you make the most of your seasonal plants.

Success is in the soil

The organic matter in soils contain nutrients which are essential for plant growth, and allow for drainage which is inviting for plant roots. This is why there are many varieties of soils, vegetables have different needs than perennials, annuals have different needs than shrubs. Let us help you make the right soil decision for your plants.

Annuals and perennials

Annuals go through their whole life cycle in one growing season, sprouting from a seed, growing leaves and roots, producing flowers, creating seeds and then dying. They are popular with gardeners because, with reasonable care, they bloom al season, showing off their dramatic colours. Perennials are plants whose root systems stay alive underground for years, and the plant above the soil will go dormant and die back each winter. The plant is still alive and will sprout again each spring. The tradeoff for perennial’s long life is that they bloom for only a few weeks or months each year, and then are a foliage plant for the remainder of the time.

Which is better? Both provide great uses in the garden. 

Annuals are fantastic for making an impact with colour, and if your wanting a lot of flowers. However they generally need more watering, fertilizing and maintenance over perennials as well they need to be replaced each season. That being said, annuals will allow you to change the look of your garden from year to year, which can be a huge bonus.


Perennials tend to add structure to your garden, and many gardeners will split their own plants to use in other locations, which can be cost efficient. Perennials tend to need much less care than annuals, some even being a plant and forget about it. Depending the species, perennials can take time to become established in the garden, however in the long term, definitely pay off. If you are looking for an instant garden, annuals are usually your go-to. Many gardeners will combine annuals and perennials in their gardens. This allows for many different colour tones and textures, which can make your garden a one of a kind!

Container Gardens

With busier lifestyles, or homes that cannot accommodate flower beds, container gardening is on the rise. Adding drainage to the bottom of a pot using stones, specific soil, and your plants, your garden is now complete! It truly can be that simple. Words to keep in mind when creating your container garden “THRILLER, SPILLER, FILLER”. Thriller is the impact plant. This typically is the tallest plant, planted right in the centre of the planter and your “wow” of the garden. Spiller, the cascading plants that will hang over your container, these can be foliage or flowering plants, or both. Filler, using plants with strong colours to fill in between your thriller and fillers, these plants will complete your container garden. No weeding, low maintenance through the season, watering regularly along with fertilization, and you have your garden for the season!

Sun. The most essential item we can give our flowers is the sun. Building a flower takes a lot of energy, and all of a plant’s energy comes from the sun. Most flowering plants need full sun, 6 to 8 hours a day all through the growing season. Not all plants demand the same sunlight as others, ensure you are reading labels when purchasing plants.

Shade. In general, the less sunlight you have, the fewer blooms you will get. Too much shade, flowering plants may produce leaves but no blooms. Some species of annuals and perennials can bloom in less than eight hours a day of sunlight, but you’ll have to seek them out. As always when buying plants, read labels and descriptions carefully.

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