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With our changing seasons and unpredictable weather patterns, the best way to combat the stress Mother Nature puts on our gardens is by planting naturally. This means using species that are native to Southern Ontario and thrive in our climate.
Plants that can be found in Halton's natural area will usually be better adapted to our climate in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Waterdown. They usually thrive in your natural soil and are more resistant to disease and pests that normally occur in our area. That means they require less time and money to maintain.
By planting trees in your yard you can create shade outside, help keep your heating bill down, and add privacy to your home. In Southern Ontario's temperate continental climate, both deciduous and evergreens thrive, so you have a lot of choice when it comes to trees. Some species to consider are: red maple, serviceberry, white pine, aspen and American mountain ash.
For ground cover and bordering, use shrubs like native dogwood species, winterberry holly and American hazel.
If you want colour, look to perennial species (plants that don't need to be replanted every year) which often grow well in the Spring in Halton and the GTA. The bright colours of daffodils and chrysanthemums can make beautiful accents to your front and backyard. Chrysanthemums in particular are also known to attract butterflies in the late fall, as well as birds. If you have a birdbath a small border of chrysanthemums could be just what you need. They also come in a wide variety of colours and shapes.
If you're looking to use unique (exotic-looking) plants, but want to stay natural, then try some of these native species: foxglove, bleeding heart, honeysuckle, and bluebells.
Wherever you look, there's no shortage of native species in Southern Ontario, so give us a call if you're interested in starting your own natural landscape in Oakville or Halton Region.
Trees are the most effective natural screens for increasing privacy for your yard, and they're often the most attractive option too! By using trees as a natural screen, you'll improve the look of your outdoor space and help the environment. If you're in Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, the GTA or surrounding area and you're interested in adding trees to your landscape for privacy, shade or any other reason, call Forevergreen at 905-469-4551.
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