Natural gardens have environmental benefits and create a habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

  • They contain native and non-native plants. They don’t contain overgrown plants or invasive weeds.
  • If you would like to have your natural garden considered for a permit, a City horticulturalist will visit and inspect the garden and work with you to meet the standards.
  • There is no cost to submit this application.

There are four Municipal Licensing & Standards district offices that can answer questions and accept your application in person or by mail. To determine which office services your area, enter your address here.  Otherwise, you may contact 311 for assistance.

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A natural garden:

  • is designed to have environmental benefits and may create a habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
  • is managed within a certain boundary and may contain both native and non-native plants.
  • does not contain overgrown plants or invasive weeds.

Recommended plants for your natural garden include:

  • Monarda (Bergamot, Bee balm)
  • Rudebeckia
  • Foamflower (Tiarella)
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Serviceberry
  • Cardinal flower

Map of approved natural gardens in Toronto.