About Us

Hillside Gardens is owned and operated by Bruce and Carol Onion. They bought the pre-existing company from Carol’s parents in 1986 and have been proudly running Hillside Gardens ever since.

We have a beautiful selection of flowers and plants in our garden centre located in Perth Ontario click here for map.

Carol & Bruce,

Just wanted to tell you how happy we are with our pool landscaping.
Bruce you came early every morning and stayed long past your quitting time. The job was completed on time and for the price quoted us.Your crew worked safely and left the job site in a clean, safe condition. Your dedication shows in the finished product.
We love it!
Lee Family


For those interested in sprucing up the outside of their homes this spring, Hillside Gardens is the place to start. We offer pretty much everything you need for gardening and then some. Everything you need for the outside of your home, we’ve got. We grow all our own flowers…we always have. We’ve offered landscaping services for the past 30 years or so. There really is no job too big or too small for us to tackle. We can offer advice, assistance and tools to complete a variety of jobs ranging from planting flowers to re-organizing and designing an entire yard. We love working on new homes that are just surrounded by sand and dirt. That way we get to work with a clean slate. We also like to work on existing properties and working on or fixing trouble areas. That can be quite challenging and we’re always up for the challenge.

Typically people come here to meet with us prior to settling on an action plan. Some people just want to plant flowers while others are looking for a total redesign. Quite often, people aren’t quite sure what they want. We meet them at their home and we talk about what they want to do. We can make suggestions and then we go from there. The great thing about landscaping is that it doesn’t all have to be done at once. We can spread the project out over several years and just do a little bit at a time. That way, customers can get what they really want without having to pay a huge expense in one shot.

Below are some great articles that have been printed in the past years about Hillside Gardens as well as some testimonials we have received from previous clients. Please take a look as there are some great facts and tips that you will find interesting as you read along.


It’s time to get growing – Knowledge of gardening is high as popularity increases The ever-increasing popularity of gardening has shown itself in visitors to Hillside Gardens.

People are so much better-informed now. It’s unbelievable – people ask for things with the Latin name. Forty years ago (when the business started), people didn’t know the difference between a rose and a geranium, it’s more fun now.

Part of the newfound knowledge comes form the Internet, as well as an abundance of gardening books. The Internet, for example, offers numerous Web sites on everything from container gardening to water gardens to composting to creating a bonsai garden, with everything in between.

All the baby boomers are gardening now. Some are starting to retire, and they have more disposable income. With the increase in older enthusiasts, I’ve noticed a trend toward container gardens. They’re a really big thing. You buy something and it’s instant. You don’t have to bend over and weed. Container gardens offer an alternative for people who have limited space. Residents living in apartments, condominiums or retirement home can still enjoy gardening with such items such as recycled cans or buckets, clay pots and plastic or wooden containers.

Thank you very much for the work you did for us planning and building our wonderful patio and waterfall.We appreciate your concern and extra work involved with the waterfall. Thanks to Carol, Bruce and Dylan for a job well done.
Greg & Donna

Dear Bruce and Carol,We are absolutely thrilled with all the wonderful work you both did at Rideau this summer.
Take care and all the best to all. See you in the spring.

Sincerely Sue & Brian


New gardeners have begun to chose perennial flowers in recent years. While bedding plants are still the main focus for Hillside Gardens, the popularity of perennials continues to grow. There’s a huge variety of them,. Most people think you plant them once and then not do anything. I think annual flower gardens are easier to maintain. Most people don’t weed their perennial flower beds enough, allowing the weeds to multiply and overtake the flowers themselves. With annuals, you start with a fresh slate then they’re done at the end of the year and the next year, you’ve got all new stuff. Annuals bloom every day during the summer, while perennials only bloom during certain seasons.

A lot of people disagree, while most people are growing perennial gardens and adding annuals for colour. Because perennials often only boom for a short period of time, the leaves become a point of interest. I have noticed people are paying more attention to the type of leaf. A lot of the new stuff has variegated leaves, there’s always something to look at whether it’s shape, size or texture. The trend has led to leafy green gardens, which can attract the eye despite the lack of bright colour. Colours of course do play an important role in many gardens. For many years, pink flowers have taken the place of honour in the garden. Now there’s much more of a push toward blue, it’s the hot colour.

Colour trends come and go, not only in flowers but in house decor and clothes fashion. There is a similarity between the three. People get tired of seeing the same thing. We had the Victorian influence for a long time, which has pink, but now the trend is the 70’s type closes and houses, which is more bold. Blue flowers seem to attract people’s attention whether because they offer something different or give a timeless quality to a flower garden. Still I enjoy the happy colour of yellow flowers, something that was popular in the 1970s along with orange and red blooms. You should always try to suit the flowers to your own lifestyle.

Many local residents have decided in recent years that water gardens fit into their lifestyle. It was a Toronto trend even 10 years ago. More and more people around here are now putting in water gardens. They’re a lot of fun, they attract beneficial creatures to your property. Water gardens with solar-powered lights and pumps provide an environmentally friendly garden which attracts birds and animals. Anybody can have a point in a barrel, even in condos, that’s why they’re so popular. Everyone is too stressed-out these days, they make their backyard a little piece of heaven, because water is very soothing.

Man-made pools can still achieve a perfect natural water balance without chemicals, by using the right types of plants and creatures such as snails. Many people like to design and plant their own gardens. Easy-maintenance gardens include drought tolerated plants and those which do not need to be sprayed to protect them from bugs. Growers always develop new things that are pest-resistant. If you use the right variety of plants, it will make the garden an easy-maintenance and environmentally friendly.

One of my main considerations for gardens is how it will look throughout the winter months. In the spring, people are still-crazy, but there are two months in the fall when there are no leaves. That’s the quarter of the year that people never think about their garden. That’s when garden structures and evergreens really spruce up the garden.

Beginning gardeners should not take on more than they can handle. Mulching – using a mixture of wet straw leaves and other materials to cover the ground makes gardening easier for those new to the hobby. You hardly ever have to water anything. It won’t eliminate weeds, but it will really reduce the number of weeds. Beginning gardeners should remember to start small. Don’t get things too fussy. By Gena Gibson (The Perth Courier)


Dear Bruce and Carol,Thank you for the creativity, care and professional approach you provided to our garden project. It was a pleasure to work with you. The outcome is amazing.

Sincerely Lana and Steve