Planting for success! Healthy plant species for Southern Ontario’s Climate

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Southern Ontario has a very unique climate—hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters—and a hugely diverse range of native plant species. It is important to plant native plants, because they’ve evolved over time and adapted to the area’s climate, soil and wildlife. Planting native plants sustains local ecosystems, supporting other plants and animals in the ecosystem. Native plants are also easier to maintain and hardier than invasive species. They are more tolerant to local droughts and disease and require less water.

 

Non-native plants are often referred to as invasive species, because they are unable to exist in harmony with native plants and naturally occurring ecosystems.

 

Buy seeds from local nurseries and gardening centres, as they often have seeds collected from your specific area. These are the plants which will grow best in your garden.

 

There are many options when it comes to planting native plants, from trees, grasses, shrubs and flowers. Here are a few that you should consider planting this year!

 

• Violet
• Trillium
• Willow
• Sunflower
• Solomon’s seal
• Marigold
• Balsam fir
• Wild lupin
• Serviceberry
• Day lily
• Bush honeysuckle
• Goldenrod
• Purple coneflower
• Larch
• Wild columbine
• Sugar maple
• Anemone
• Black-eyed susan
• Periwinkle
• Dogwood
• Chrysanthemum
• Common daisy
• Witch hazel

 

Happy planting!

 

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