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.

Bergamot, Wild (Monarda fitulosa)

Bergamot, Wild (Monarda fitulosa)

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!

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

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

Bright orange fragrant flower clusters attract Monarch butterflies, which depend on this plant for their total food supply.

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower

Brilliant red flower spikes stand tall above the green foliage in mid -summer to early fall. One of the best known native wildflowers,. Great for moist areas near ponds or water features.

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.

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.

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.

Blazing Star - Ontario

Blazing Star - Ontario

Beautiful purple blooms in late summer and fall provide a popular pollinator attractant  Drought tolerant and does not need staking. Tolerates poor soil and has shallow roots.

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.

Butterfly Weed - Swamp

Butterfly Weed - Swamp

Beautiful clusters of mauve-pink flowers that smell like vanilla. Swamp milkweeds are choice nectar plants for numerous butterfly species, especially the Monarch which depends on ascelpias for their total food supply.

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.

Flag, Blue

Flag, Blue

Clump forming iris that is native to marshes, swamps, wet meadows, ditches and shorelines from Manitoba to Nova Scotia. Blue Flag Iris has masses of beautiful blue flag-like

flowers with yellow falls  at the ends of the stems in mid spring

Beard Tongue- Foxglove

Beard Tongue- Foxglove

The white to pink tubular sharped blooms attract long-tongued bees and humming birds. Deep green leaves on upright stems hold aloft the showy flower panicles.

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. 

Blue Bells - Virginia

Blue Bells - Virginia

Sapphire blue flowers on tall stems that gleam from shady spots in April and May, making them an ideal underplanting for shrubs and trees. 

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.

Butterfly Weed - Whorled

Butterfly Weed - Whorled

Upright, unbranched perennial that rambles to form colonies. Needlelike, fine textured foliage is whorled around the stem in clusters. Greenish white flowers in summer.

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.

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.