Brian Minter

Top 10 garden opportunities for October

Clean-up and colour key components as colder weather arrives.

World renowned bud bloom heathers look fresh for months

Special calluna varieties have buds that show colour but never fully open.

Hanging basket care

Baskets need lots of help to stay beautiful, says expert.

Blueberries are Mother Nature’s super fruit

Eat lots and keep eating them because they are one of the best natural health foods we have.

Hydrangeas steal the show

They are one great garden plant, and two or three varieties in a garden will be a welcome addition.

Vegetable gardens make for fresh cuisine

Plant now for bountiful, homegrown produce you can enjoy for months.

‘Green’ Father’s Day gifts

Men don't always have to be on the receiving end of ties, tools and sports equipment. Rethink the Dad-plant thing this June 17.

Pick the right tomato

Large number of varieties can be confusing for growers.

Connect with mom through plants

Living gifts on Mother's Day are sure to please – and are scientifically proven to be therapeutic.

How to trump moss

Lawn villain thrives in areas of high rainfall, and it loves shady locations.

Finding the ‘real’ shamrock

Pay tribute to the plant associated with St. Patrick's Day.

It’s official: Flowers make people happy

Something as simple as a bouquet of flowers can help to cheer someone up – a nice thought just before Valentine’s Day.

Start getting your trees and plants back into shape

Pruning extends the health and life of all the trees in your garden.

Dormant spraying an important winter task

These preventive sprays control overwintering insects, disease and fungus which create so many problems in the garden.

COLUMN: Growing a holly, jolly holiday season

Of all the evergreens we use to decorate our gardens and homes during the Christmas season, holly is still the most popular.

Winterizing your garden

Get lawns and gardens in shape as season progresses.

Brighten the patio with fall and winter containers

For a nicer look, try grouping the planters together and if you can, varying the heights.

Ornamental kales and cabbages a winter delight

The secret to having them look their best is colour blocking them together in groups.

It’s easy to add fall colour

With a little care you can select trees that provide a beautiful autumn display.

The look of Hawaii – at home

Hardy Hibiscus is a beautiful under-used flowering shrub.