Plugs: Striking the Perfect Balance in Garden Planting

In the world of gardening, particularly when it comes to cultivating native plant gardens, the choice between starting with seeds, plugs, or larger plants can significantly impact the garden’s development and sustainability. Among these options, plugs often emerge as the ‘Goldilocks solution’ – not too big, not too small, but just right for creating dense, thriving native plant landscapes.

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Garden Growth: Understanding the Stages from Year One and Beyond

Embarking on the journey of creating a naturalized, native plant garden is a venture into the dynamic world of nature’s rhythms and cycles. Unlike traditional gardens that often demand immediate results, a native garden unfolds its beauty gradually, revealing its full splendor over time.

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Ditch the Mulch, Plant Densely: A Natural Approach to Gardening

In the realm of gardening, the use of mulch has long been a go-to strategy for weed suppression, moisture retention, and even aesthetic enhancement. However, an emerging trend is challenging this conventional wisdom: dense planting, often referred to as “living mulch.”

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Embracing Nature’s Edge: The Importance of Naturalizing Shorelines in Haliburton County

In the landscape of Haliburton County, where lakes and water bodies form a picturesque backdrop, the naturalization of shorelines stands out as a pivotal practice for cottagers. Natural shorelines, adorned with native vegetation and undisturbed habitats, are not just visually appealing but also vital for maintaining the ecological integrity of these aquatic ecosystems.

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A Different Kind of Beauty: Discovering Gardens in the Off-Season

As autumn’s vibrant palette fades and winter’s chill sets in, traditional gardeners often see this as a cue to ‘put the garden to bed.’ This usually involves tidying up, cutting back dead foliage, and preparing for a dormant season. However, native plant gardens challenge this conventional approach, revealing a different kind of beauty in the fall and winter months – one that is not only visually appealing but also ecologically significant.

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Inspired by Nature, Crafted by Hands: The Essence of Native Gardens

Native plant gardens stand as testaments to the beauty and complexity of nature. These gardens offer a unique fusion of natural splendor and human artistry. Unlike their wild counterparts, native gardens are carefully crafted spaces, reflecting the delicate interplay between natural ecosystems and human intervention.

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Exploring the Matrix Layer: Native Grasses and Sedges in Haliburton Gardens

The secret to vibrant and ecologically balanced gardens often lies hidden in plain sight: within the matrix layer of native grasses and sedges. These unassuming plants play a pivotal role in the structure and sustainability of native plant gardens, providing an ecological foundation that supports diverse wildlife and contributes to the overall health of the ecosystem.

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