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Eco-Friendly Gardening: Top Native Plants for Waterloo Region Homes

What looks better outside a Waterloo Region home than a beautiful flower and shrub filled garden? This is especially true if you are preparing your Waterloo Region home for sale, as great outdoor spaces are higher on many home buyers wish lists than ever before.

There seems to be an assumption that if you want to impress people with your garden, you need a lot of expensive rose bushes or exotic tropical plants, but this couldn’t be further from the truth!

As a team of experienced real estate agents rather than gardeners, we have nevertheless learned a lot from all the backyards and gardens we've seen over the years. So here we’ve compiled a list of some of the most beautiful native plants to add to your landscape in Ontario, so you can have a beautiful yard (with more butterflies!) for a lot less time, effort and money.

Why Go Native?

Here's why choosing native Ontario plants for your Waterloo Region garden is a win-win:

  • Perfectly Adapted: Native plants evolved to thrive in our specific climate and soil conditions, requiring less watering, fertilizer, and fussing.

  • Wildlife Magnets: Local butterflies, birds, and pollinators depend on native plants for food and shelter. Create a mini-oasis for them!

  • Low Maintenance = More Time to Enjoy: Native plants are naturally resistant to common pests and diseases, freeing up your time.

  • Unique Beauty: Embrace the unique charm of Ontario's diverse flora and add visual interest to your landscape.

Beautiful Ontario Native Plants for Your Garden to Consider Planting

Black Eyed Susan

This Ontario native wildflower’s sunny golden petals will instantly brighten up your garden and attract butterflies and birds who enjoy sipping its nectar. Black Eyed Susans bloom from June to September, so they’re ideal for mixing in with spring-blooming Ontario native plants to keep your patio looking vibrant throughout the summer.

Canada Anemone

This popular Ontario native plant has small white cup-shaped flowers with butter yellow centers that sit atop vibrant emerald foliage. It spreads easily, is drought-tolerant, and thrives in both sun and shade, making it an ideal filler plant for those hard-to-reach garden spots.

Bee Balm

These Ontario native shrubs are adorned with the oddest-looking blossoms, which some say most resembles Cyndi Lauper’s 1980s haircut. Bees aren’t the only ones who enjoy them; butterflies and hummingbirds are also big fans. It’s best not to overcrowd bee balm in your garden and give it plenty of room to breathe, so it doesn’t develop mildew on its leaves.

Butterfly Weed

As you might guess from the name, these Ontario native shrubs are covered in flowers that butterflies can’t get enough of. The vibrant orange petals attract a butterfly with a similar appearance: the elusive Monarch, whose orange, white, and black markings are always a delight to see.

Purple Coneflower

These lovely daisy-like blooms, also known as Echinacea, are a favorite of bees because their bulbous pollen-filled centers are easy to perch on. This flower is a great option if your yard’s soil quality isn’t great, because it thrives in less-than-ideal conditions. Because soil modified with amendments and fertilizers produces more foliage than flowers, you’ll get a lot more blooms this way.

Blue False Indigo

Because these Ontario native plants are members of the pea family, their blossoms resemble those of a pea shoot but are a stunning purple-blue jewel tone. They’ll start to develop little peapods if you don’t deadhead the spent blossoms. You can choose whether to leave the peapods on or off because some gardeners enjoy the appearance and rattling sound they make in the wind and some do not!

Wild Strawberry

Who doesn’t appreciate a low-maintenance garden plant that produces tasty treats? These tiny fruits, which grow from the centers of cute five-petaled white blossoms, contain more vitamin C than an orange in one cup.

Cardinal Flower

This bright blossom is a hummingbird favorite. They’re particularly drawn to the candy apple red petals that cover tall, upright stems that stand out against the dark green foliage around them. They can grow up to 4 feet tall, so they make a big impact as a border plant or a focal point in the middle of your garden.


Don't be fooled by its reputation! Goldenrod bursts with tiny, sunshine-yellow flowers in late summer, a feast for butterflies and a sign that fall is on the way. This tough native flourishes where other plants struggle, adding color to even neglected corners.

Wild Columbine

These magical blooms look like they belong in a fairy garden – delicate red bells tipped with yellow, dangling from graceful stems. Hummingbirds can't resist their sweet nectar. Perfect for bringing a touch of whimsy to shaded areas.

Woodland Sunflower

Imagine a miniature version of the classic sunflower, blooming cheerfully throughout late summer and fall. These resilient flowers thrive in part shade and spread easily, creating a cheerful carpet of yellow that's low-maintenance and bird-friendly.

New England Aster

An explosion of purple, pink, or white daisies signals the arrival of fall! These compact plants become covered in blooms – a vital refueling stop for butterflies before their long migration. Their tidy growth habit makes them ideal for borders or containers.

Ready to Plant Your Roots in the Waterloo Region?

A beautiful garden filled with native plants doesn't just boost your enjoyment of your home; it also adds to its curb appeal. When it comes time to sell, buyers will notice those thoughtful touches that make your property stand out.

Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting to explore your green thumb, embracing native plants is a smart, beautiful choice. They create a sense of place, celebrating the unique charm of our Ontario landscape.

At Team Pinto, we appreciate homes that seamlessly connect with their surroundings. If you're thinking about buying or selling in the Waterloo Region, let's chat! We'll help you find a home where you (and your garden) can truly thrive. Contact us today!



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