Patios And New Garden Installations That Add Value To Your Ontario Home
Are you thinking about patios and gardens that will add value to your Ontario home? If so, you’ll want some good ideas and some tips that help you make the best decisions. As an Ontario landscaping company, we’ve helped design and install all types of patios and gardens for homeowners in southern Ontario. We’ve been known to create some awe inspiring landscapes, simply because we know how to help customers get creative and make the best decisions.
In every value-adding project you do for your home, don’t forget that the focus should always be on something you will personally enjoy. Don’t worry about standard patios and gardens that everyone else gets. You can be as creative as you like because there’s no one else to please but yourself and perhaps the family! Anything that adds to your enjoyment will add value to your home. Just remember that the more durable the patio and new garden area is, the longer the value it will last. So let’s get started with some ideas and pointers from our pros!
Raised Garden Beds For Function & Value
If you are planning to build a patio and want a garden too, a raised garden bed is certainly something to consider. Raised gardens are easy to work in and protect the plants from insects and other damage. The raised bed also acts to keep rainwater in the soil long enough for your veggies, flowers, or favourite herbs to get all they need.
Raised garden beds can also offer you some place to sit around the patio. When positioned right next to your new patio, you won’t have to worry about a house full of guests finding some place to sit during a get-together.
However, there are different kinds of raised gardens depending on the type of materials they are constructed with. For instance, a raised garden bed, or garden box, made of wood may not offer you a place to kneel or sit while a raised garden bed constructed of stone, brick, or pavers will. Plus, the structure lasts and really makes a difference in the landscape design. Make sure you think about the height that works for you because they can be constructed low, high, or somewhere in between.
Favourite Edible Gardens In Southern Ontario
There’s nothing better than fresh herbs for cooking at home. With a beautiful, fragrant edible garden, you’ll have a full season of excellent seasonings for your favourite dishes. Here are some great herbs for your new edible garden.
Fennel for your garden – If you are interested in an annual fennel, plant Florence fennel. Bronze fennel is hardier in southern Ontario. Both would be grown more as an annual herb than perennial in our hardiness zone 5. Near Lake Ontario and south west toward Windsor, fennel plants last longer.
Rosemary is a must for every garden – Rosemary is the classic herb you don’t want to leave out of your edible garden. In southern Ontario, you’ll want to pot the rosemary and bring it indoors or care for it in your green house. It’s a bit tricky to grow indoors, but it can be done.
Basil for your new herb garden – Fragrant basil is undoubtedly a necessity for any edible garden in Ontario. It can be restarted in the spring or potted and protected from the winter climate. It is mostly grown as an annual herb in our area.
Thyme – Creeping thyme is easy to grow and care for. It makes a wonderful low, dense mat of color in any garden and is also planted among stepping stones or pavers for living patios. This variety of thyme (Thymus praecox) is hardy in zones 4-9.
Sage for your new garden – Sage is a yummy herb that you’ll want in your new edible garden. Plant it with rosemary, basil, and mint for a wonderful aroma. Sage is a natural antiseptic as well as a great cooking herb. You’ll love this edible in your turkey dressing!
Refreshing mint for your Ontario garden – You can use your garden mint to garnish and flavor roast lamb or vegetables, creamy desserts, jelly sauces, and other dishes. It is useful dried or frozen too, so be sure you grow enough to store away! Did you know peppermint is used to treat common colds, stomach aches, gallstones, and irritable bowel syndrome? Just steep it in boiling water and enjoy!