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Why Choose Native Plants?

Return the Landscape uses ONLY native plants in our landscape design and restoration work. Native plants are species that have developed in an area over time. In essence, this refers to the species that would have been in Sarnia and Lambton County before European settlement. These species have unique relationships with insects and butterflies that non-native species cannot replace. For example, a Norway Maple is a non-native tree that is commonly recommended by garden centres. Besides being incredibly invasive, it does not provide food for any insect species. In contrast, native maples are hosts for many species of butterfly. This effect travels up the food chain to birds where scientists have found that birds spend far more time in native trees than non-native trees -because that's where the bugs are! If you want to attract wildlife, plant native plants!

Although native plants have been largely overlooked by the horticulture industry, there are many beautiful, 'well-behaved' species that will make stunning additions to your garden. Check out or landscaping and greenhouse pages to see for yourself.

In the news...

Check out our very own Shawn McKnight talking with TVO.

The right plants in the right place

Return the Landscape considers soil type, moisture levels, and percent sun/shade to choose the plants that will thrive the best in each unique location. For example, at the residential site shown below, beach grass was planted as it is adapted to harsh, sandy environments. These plants will provide benefits to the homeowner by decreasing erosion as these plants send out an extensive root system to hold the soil in place. 

Our partnership with Aamjiwnaang in developing the Maajiigin Gumig Greenhouse.

Greenhouse Technician Kyle Williams talking with the observer:

We are working with Enbridge Solar Farm on an exciting restoration project.

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