Your Muskoka home, cottage or condo is a sanctuary, a place to call home where you can be comfortable and enjoy the beauty of our region. When it comes to garden landscaping there are a variety of options to consider, including the use of native Canadian plants to enhance your yard. But which ones are the best to choose? Easy-care plants come with some great benefits and are a great place to start.

Planting easy to care for vegetation around your yard and garden will give you more time to enjoy your property and add natural beauty to your landscape. Native plants tend to be hardier and as such require less care to ensure their survival. Just be sure to take the soil composition and basic environment of your property into consideration as well. If you have a lot in the forest, shade-loving plants will fare much better than those which need more direct sunlight.

If your property is along a lakeshore or riverfront, it’s important to keep this in mind when choosing native plants.

Here are some examples of excellent Canadian plants to consider using for your waterfront property:

Trees:                                     Shrubs:

Balsam Fir                                Common Elderberry

Black Spruce                            Dogwood

Eastern Hemlock                    Highbush Cranberry

Red Maple                                Meadowsweet

Willow                                       Nannyberry

For properties further away from water there is a great variety to choose from as well. Examples include:

Trees:                                     Shrubs:

Beaked Hazel                     Bush Honeysuckle

Red Oak                              Marginal Wood Fern

Staghorn Sumac                Pagoda Dogwood

White Birch                        Sweet Ox-Eye

These are just a few examples of native plants to consider, for more ideas and information on using native vegetation in your garden, check out the Muskoka Conservancy website, they have some excellent information including a comprehensive list of native plants and where best to plant them.

When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo you can put your trust in The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. We love the Muskoka lifestyle as much as we love helping our clients with their home dreams. We’re here to guide you with a caring hand and local expertise. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.


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