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Want a beautiful garden that you can show off to friends, family members and visitors but don’t have the time to pinch, prune, weed and water all spring and summer? Well believe it or not you can have the garden you want without the hassle of weekly maintenance and upkeep. Just follow these four tips for achieving the perfect low maintenance garden.

Say Goodbye to Grass

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Your lawn is by far one of the most time-consuming, high-maintenance areas of your garden. It requires frequent watering, weeding and mowing. To really reduce the workload that goes into gardening, it’s best to replace grass with “hardscaping” alternatives such as gravel, pavers and stone.

Gravel is a great alternative. Unlike grass, which needs constant care and attention, gravel allows water to drain freely and requires very little, if any, maintenance throughout the summer. If you lay down landscape cloth before adding the gravel it will keep weeds at bay making it that much easier to maintain. Laying pavers and stone is another great way to reduce your garden’s to-do-list as it can create an aesthetically pleasing patio area that requires only a simple sweep from time to time.

If, to you, that patch of green grass is just something you can’t do away with completely, consider at least reducing the size of your lawn to make the maintenance more manageable.

Plant Perennials

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If you are looking to save time when it comes to gardening then don’t plant flowers that require constant care. When you live a busy lifestyle the last thing you want to be doing is constantly watering your impatiens to keep them alive, or lifting and storing your delilah’s after each summer. To avoid these kinds of tedious tasks consider planting perennials. Unlike annuals, which have an expiration date of just one season, perennials can survive for many years. The top portions of perennial plants tend to die back each winter but will regrow again the following spring from the same root system. The ability for perennials to resurrect themselves saves you from having to replant your garden each spring. Low maintenance perennials include blanket flower, yarrow, and purple coneflowers, all of which can tolerate heat and drought and bloom all summer long.

Native Plants

Plants native to your region often require less maintenance and overall care than plants that originated in different regions or climates. They often need less fertilizer, water and pesticides. Putting native plants such as black-eyed Susan’s, butterfly milkweed, and New England aster in your garden will reduce your workload when it comes to tending to your garden.



Nobody likes to spend too much time watering plants and pulling weeds. An easy way to avoid these time-consuming tasks is to make sure you are using the right mulch on your garden. Organic mulches that include evergreen needles, shredded leaves and woodchips conserve moisture in the soil, reduce weed problems, and add organic matter and nutrients to the soil as they break down. Laying mulch in your garden will reduce the amount of time spent on watering, weeding, and caring for the plants in your garden.

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There you have it! If you live a busy lifestyle, spend a lot of time away from the house, or simply can’t be motivated to spend your down time literally down in the dirt weeding and pruning your garden, now you don’t have to! While all gardens will call for a little maintenance, the ones planted with these tips in mind will require less time labouring over it and more time admiring it.

For inspiration on what perennials to choose for your garden this season visit Planter’s Barn Wildflower House online at or visit us in person at 5101 Dundas St., Thorndale, Ont.


The lazy gardener’s guide to easy gardens

Love gardens but hate gardening? You’re in luck! {insert final website domain} has a low-maintenance plant section that we like to call “Light Needs,”making it easy for you to shop for easy to please plants. These North American native plants, like our geraniums and butterfly weeds, require very little attention. No green thumb required! Here are five our best fool-proof ways to enjoy your garden or landscape this spring without any hassle.






Tip #1: Native plants are the way to go. Planting exotic flowers will require a ton of work because you’ll have to try extra hard to mimic the conditions in which the plant is supposed to grow. Keep things simple and make sure you are choosing plants that are native to your area. Planter’s Barn is fully stocked with plants indigenous to North America, and our team is always happy to help you find low-maintenance plants that will feel at home in your specific area.

Tip #2: No sun? No problem! Our website allows you to shop by Full Sun, Full Shade or Partial Shade, so you can easily pick which plants are most-likely to thrive on your property, regardless of your gardening skills. If your property is super sunny, we recommend mainacht and lavender. For shadier areas, evening primrose and beardtongue are great plants that practically take care of themselves as long as they don’t have to deal with much sun.

Tip #3: Build a nutritious foundation. Your plants won’t have a hard time growing if they’ve got the right nutrients. Ensuring your plants grow in a nutritious soil is the easiest way to give them a boost. Mulch is the ultimate lazy gardener’s secret weapon. You can pretty much let mulch do the gardening for you. It’s great for preserving moisture, deterring the growth of weeds and even balancing changes in temperature. Mulch doesn’t have to be complicated, either. Your plants will thrive if you fertilize your soil with compost from your kitchen. Grab whatever fruit peels you have and throw them down on the soil before you start planting your seeds. Your plants will love you for it.

Tip #4: If you’re a gardening novice, pick plants that are well-known to be easy-going. Some of our favourites include astilbe and liriope. You really can’t go wrong with them.

Tip #5: Lastly, don’t stress. Gardening should be a relaxing, enjoyable part of your day, even if you spend very little time doing it. If it’s not, the Planter’s Barn team is always open to answering any questions you may have about any of our plants and we’ll be happy to assist you in choosing the most low-maintenance plants to begin with.

Happy planting!

-The Planter’s Barn team

Fine Gardening. “Creating a Low-Maintenance Garden.”



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