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The outdoor space you’re designing is your canvas, and you are its artist. Each new landscape is a clean slate to design something unique to suit your client’s taste and lifestyle.

Your outdoor space’s vibe is often primarily determined by its non-plant elements such as furnishings, archways, pathways, bodies of water, ornaments, rocks and even the type of containers that hold the plants. These non-plant elements are important to consider during the design process, as they really set the tone for the space.

Classic Garden:

You can’t go wrong with classic gardens. White columns and French planting boxes are timeless and beautiful in their simplicity.

Zen Garden:

Want to create a place suitable for meditation, yoga or relaxation? Stones, pebbles, ponds and bamboo will create more of a zen ambiance that is perfect for feeling closer to nature.


Contemporary Garden:

Is your client a bit of a hipster? Typically characterized as a collection of potted plants on the balcony of a high-rise, contemporary gardens can be very low-maintenance {hyperlink to my article on low-maintenance gardening} and convenient for the modern, urban gardener. All you need is some funky terracotta pots and you’re set.

Vintage Garden:

Love thrifting? Create a vintage garden. We recommend up-cycling any beer bottles, wine bottles, glass Christmas ornaments, mason jars or any old coloured glassware you may have to create these fun DIY glass ornaments for your garden. They will shine beautifully in the sun next to multi-coloured wildflowers.

Another thing to consider when planning your space is, of course, colour! Wildflowers come in all shapes, sizes, textures and colours, and the Planter’s Barn team is sure to be able to find some that suit your vision. If your goal is to attract bees and butterflies, click here. Otherwise, pick your favourite colour, but add some flowers that will act as an accent colour to your favouritecolour. It’s best to avoid the monotonous look, as this makes it harder to find a focal point. The Planter’s Barn shop page allows you to shop by colour, so you can easily find exactly what you’re looking for in a fraction of the time.

The design possibilities for gardens and landscapes are endless. Your outdoor space really is your canvas so have fun with it and let your imagination run wild.

Happy designing!

Everything you need to do for butterfly -worthy yards this spring

It’s astounding that 75% of the foods we eat, including chocolate, completely depend on pollinators like bees and butterflies. Creating hospitable homes for these creatures in your garden or landscape not only creates great photo opportunities for your website and Instagram account, but also does a lot of good for the environment and your taste buds.

With spring just around the corner, there is no better time then right now to start planning your garden or landscape.

So if you’re ready to wow your social media followers with stunning pictures of beautiful butterflies enjoying your landscape, here are some helpful tips:

Tip # 1: Think local! Bees and butterflies tend to prefer native over non-native plant species for pollination. Ensure you’re buying plants that are indigenous to your area.


Tip # 2: Plant the rainbow! Bees and butterflies are most attracted to areas with a wide array of brightly-coloured flowers. So don’t be afraid to mix it up! You really can’t go wrong with choosing a variety of colourful pansies and primroses, for instance.

If you want to get serious about attracting as many pollinators as possible, keep in mind that bees are known to be especially attracted to blues and purples. At Planter’s Barn, we carry some marvellous blue flowers like blue flax, great blue lobelia and purples like smooth asters, harebells and coneflowers that are sure to please bees and your social media followers!

When it comes to butterflies, however, they tend to prefer warmer colours like reds, yellows and oranges. We’ve got some truly exceptional red blanket flowers and some lovely yellow sweet black-eyed Susan that are sure to bring all the butterflies (and envious passers-by!) to your yard.

Tip # 3: Sun not shade- Bees and butterflies prefer warmth and sun to cooler, shadier areas. Make sure that at least some of your plants get plenty of sun!

Tip # 4: To truly feel at home, pollinators like bees and butterflies need both nectar flowers (like thistle) and host plants (like milkweeds). Planter’s Barn is fully stocked with a ton of variety of North American nectar flowers and host plants.

Tip # 5: Ditch the synthetic pesticides- they will deter bees and butterflies from entering your garden.

Finally, to make it super easy for you, you can shop our website here by colour, bloom time, plant type and more to ensure that you find exactly what you’re looking for in half the time.

Happy planting!

-The Planter’s Barn team

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.”

Glass ornaments for gardens are hugely popular on Pinterest and make for highly likeable Instagram posts. The best part is that these fun crafts can be incredibly easy and inexpensive to make. Plus, they’ll look stunning as they sparkle in the sun next to your perennials
The Planter’s Barn team has come up with an easy and up-cycled DIY garden decor project that you can work on this spring.

All you need is:

  • 1. Industrial Strength Adhesive or “super glue.”It can be purchased at your local craft store, Walmart or hardware store.
  • 2. At least three coloured glass vases, mason jars, bottles, old glass christmas ornaments or wine glasses of different shapes and sizes from your recycling bin, the local dollar store, thrift store or garage sales. Vintage is an asset! The more colour, the better- especially if you want to attract butterflies
  • 3. Paper towels
  • 4. Your own unique artistic vision!

What to do:
Simply start by applying your industrial glue to the bottom of a larger, sturdier vase that will act as your base and affix a smaller, more decorative piece to it. Let it dry overnight on some paper towels before adding your next piece. We recommended that you glue a plate to the bottom of your creation to add stability. When you’re finished, dig a bit of a hole in your garden, place your piece in the hole and add dirt around it to stabilize it.

You can also add coloured pebbles (which can also be purchased at dollar stores and craft stores) to your creation. To add even even more flair, consider adding inexpensive solar lights from your dollar store to add even more shimmer.

Bonus tip: to avoid the accumulation of water and subsequent mould or mosquitoes, try to design your creation in a way that will allow water to drip down like a water fall. For instance, invert a bowl rather than using it upright.

Here are some examples:
Recycled Glass Garden Ornaments


These would look beautiful amidst a bed of lavender, liriope, or even mainacht, or, ideally, whatever perennials are native to your area. The Planter’s Barn team are experts when it comes to plants native to the Ontario region.

Happy crafting!



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Albert Einstein



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