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Outdoor Plants

Creating a Native Plant Garden

June 7, 2017 2 min read

What exactly is a native plant?

It is a species that naturally occurs in a zone; it is adapted to the local soil and environment, making them great low maintenance addition to the garden. Native plants require less watering and deadheading and they need fewer pesticides and fertilizers.

Our Native Roots collection proves that a native plant garden is far from ordinary. Choosing species unique to your area celebrates Canada’s unique landscapes, forests, and parks. These can be planted in various locations such as containers, cottage gardens, and modern style landscapes.

Growing native plants can benefit ecosystems because they increase biodiversity and provide habitats for wildlife.

‘Jim Crocket’ False Aster

Asters can be found across North America. They are cherished for their purple or white flowers as temperatures cool down in autumn. The lush mounding foliage has a cloud of lavender daisy-like flowers with yellow centres. Grows well in full sun locations and loved by pollinators.

Jim Crockett Bolts Aster
Jim Crockett Bolts Aster

Black Eyed Susan

One of the most common flowering perennial that can be seen in many gardens across the country; and for a good reason! It will bloom golden yellow flowers from early summer to autumn. This plant attracts butterflies, bees, and birds such as goldfinches who snack on the seed heads.

Black-eyed Susan (rudbeckia)
Black-eyed Susan (rudbeckia)

‘Lady in Red’ & ‘Northern Maidenhair’ Fern

When walking through a forest at your local conversation area, it’s hard not to notice the lush textures and shades of ferns. We love panting them in areas that have partial to full shade areas in landscapes and containers. Keep well watered.

‘Northern Maidenhair’ has a unique mound of black-stemmed fronds with light green leaflets arranged in a fan. This variety is adaptable to all types of soil and grows in shade areas.

Sweet Woodruff

Spreading clumps of small green leaves with clusters of fragrant, tiny white flowers fill areas spring; it’s an excellent groundcover.

This perennial requires partial to full shade areas. Ideal for containers, rock gardens, and mass plantings.

Sweet Woodruff (galium odoratum)
Sweet Woodruff (galium odoratum)

‘Husker Red’ Beardtongue

This low maintenance perennial is tolerant of harsh conditions. Upright stems of very pale pink tubular blooms will appear in early summer until late summer.

If you would like to read more about attracting pollinators in the garden, you will enjoy this blog post.