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Native Plants

Native plants are a great addition to any garden. They produce flowers, fruits, and seeds throughout the year that can create a beautiful, natural look and attract wildlife such as birds, butterflies and other pollinators to your yard.

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Amsonia - Eastern Bluestar

Amsonia - Eastern Bluestar

Open clusters of star-shaped, white throated pale blue flowers

in late spring to early summer.  Graceful willow shaped bright

green leaves are very slender and take on a golden hue in fall.

Birch, Paper

Birch, Paper

Features chalk white peeling bark and golden fall colour; a great accent tree, and one of the best for winter value. On young trees, bark is reddish brown but turns to its characteristic white colour as the tree gets older. 

Blueberry, Wild

Blueberry, Wild

Short in stature, and spreads by underground stems. A mature planting can form a dense ground cover. Leaves are glossy blue-green in summer, turning purple in the fall. The sweet, small dark blue berries are used in preserves and pies and are high in antioxidants.

Catalpa, Northern

Catalpa, Northern

Dark green heart shaped leaves are accompanied by distinct white blooms featuring yellow stripes and purple spots inside. Flowers in late Spring with narrow fruit pods ripening in Fall.

Dogwood, Flowering

Dogwood, Flowering

Beautiful small native tree covered with showy white flower bracts in May. Develops full broadly rounded crowns and likes fertile moderately dry soils. Usually found growing naturally along the edges of forests where it receives full sun to light shade.

Hemlock, Eastern

Hemlock, Eastern

Dense, pyramidal evergreen noted for having the small needles and cones. Flat sprays of lacy evergreen foliage give this tree a graceful form. Lower branches often dip toward the ground. Thick and ridged bark on mature trees is red-brown to gray-brown.

Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

Neat clump forming perennial grass noted for its blue summer foliage and bright fall colours. Excellent for massing or naturalizing as a ground cover. Native from Ontario west to British Columbia and east to Nova Scotia.

Oak, Chinkapin

Oak, Chinkapin

Large, rounded, open tree with lustrous, chestnut-like leaves, that turn yellow to orange shades in fall. Notable for its shaggy bark, and its shiny, green leaves with shallow teeth that turn upwards at the tip and have a tiny projection at each tip.

Bearberry

Bearberry

Dainty nodding shell pink, bell shaped flowers adorn the ends of the branches in mid spring. Abundance of magnificent red berries from late summer to late fall. Evergreen. Also known as Kinninnick. Native to Ontario and most of Canada.

Blazing Star - Eastern

Blazing Star - Eastern

Upright spikes bearing pinkishpurple tassels in July and August. One of the best garden performers! An excellent cut flower and a magnet for butterflies, bees, rare moths and hummingbirds. Deer resistant!

Bush Honeysuckle, Dwarf

Bush Honeysuckle, Dwarf

Compact & densely branched it is noted for its yellow trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom in panicles, dark green leaves.  Dark glossy green leaves turn shades of yellow to orange and sometimes red in the fall.

Cedar - White

Cedar - White

Native white cedar often called hedging or swamp cedar, although prefers dry sites! Makes an excellent hedging plant that holds its colour well through winter and tolerates shearing well.

Elderberry

Elderberry

Hardy, rapid growing shrub with clusters of white flowers in spring followed by purple-black fruits. These fruits are excellent for making pies, jam and wine. Native to Ontario.

Highbush Cranberry

Highbush Cranberry

White flowers adorn this specimen in May, with dark green leaves providing privacy throughout the summer. Leaf colour turns to red in the fall, and bright red berries emerge for use in home preserves and jellies. Native shrub known for its multi-seasonal characteristics. 

Mulberry, Red

Mulberry, Red

Small native tree understory tree , it has flaky reddish brown bark and coarsely toothed leaves that may be either simple of lobed. Fruit is juicy and edible, resembling a blackberry and are eagerly consumed by birds and wildlife. Native to Ontario.

Pawpaw Tree

Pawpaw Tree

A small native tree with a short trunk and spreading branches.  Dark green summer foliage tends to droop and gives the tree a sleepy appearance. Unmistakable purplish flowers in mid April are followed by delicious edible fruit in fall that’s high in vitamins A and C. Native to Ontario.

Big Blue Stem

Big Blue Stem

Flat leaves emerge gray to blue green in spring, mature to green with red tinges in summer & turn reddish bronze with lavender tones in autumn after frost. In late summer flowering stems arise bearing purplish 3-parted, finger-like flower clusters. Native to Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec & Saskatchewan.

Blue Eyed Grass

Blue Eyed Grass

Clump forming grass with fans of narrow sword-shaped green leaves. Violet blue flowers with a yellow throat close up at night

Carolina Allspice

Carolina Allspice

Unusual shrub with distinct small reddish-brown Magnolia like flowers in May. Flowers are highly aromatic and smell llike chocolate.

Chokeberry, Black

Chokeberry, Black

Clusters of small white flowers in May followed by purple black berries that are retained throughout the winter. Berries are edible and are extremely high in antioxidants. Native to Ontario & Quebec.

Goldenrod - Zigzag

Goldenrod - Zigzag

Erect, somewhat zig-zag stems, bear small flower heads on short axillary stalks from the upper leaves from late summer into fall.

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Subtle panicles of lightly-scented white pea-like flowers hanging below the branches in late spring. Rough, dark brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape. A stately large shade tree with massive yet delicate multiply compound leaves. 

Northern Bayberry

Northern Bayberry

Dark green aromatic foliage that persists late into fall on this native plant. Clusters of gray, waxy, aromatic berries that also persist well into winter and are used to make bayberry candles.

Pine,  Eastern White

Pine, Eastern White

Noted for its beauty, height, and historical significance. This soft, five needled pine is extremely hardy, and will tolerate fully exposed conditions.

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