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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American Hazelnut

American Hazelnut

Extremely hardy native shrub that can tolerate some shade. The nuts are sweet and may be eaten raw or ground into flour for cake like bread, they have a very high nutritional value and are eaten by squirrels, foxes, deer, northern bobwhites, ruffled grouse, turkeys and pheasants!

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.

Black Gum

Black Gum

Forest green, glossy, pointy leaves turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. Furrowed black bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape. One of the most spectacular and reliable fall coloring trees, turning brilliant shades of red and orange, and a very neat, pyramidal habit of growth. Native to Ontario.

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. 

Brome, Hairy Wood

Brome, Hairy Wood

Woodland grass with elegant, drooping panicles bearing grouped, oat-like seed clusters. Taller grass for a shaded area.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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.

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.

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.

Aster - New England

Aster - New England

Abundant  blooms consist of large rose-purple petals around a central golden cone in late summer into fall. Leaves have a spicy aroma when crushed. 

Beech, Blue

Beech, Blue

Pretty leaves open chartreuse in spring and filter light into a golden shade that is one of this trees most attractive attributes. The autumn color is a subtle orange to yellow and, as the leaves are small, there is rarely much litter in winter. Blue Beech is a native, large shrub or small tree with a widespreading, flat-topped crown.

Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh

Striking all summer long, a beautiful native perennial with deep green, finely divided foliage enhanced by gracefully arching wands of fragrant white flowers in late summer and fall.

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.

Bowman’s Root

Bowman’s Root

Lovely in a mass planting where its lacy white flowers can shimmer in a light breeze - think Gaura for shade!

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

Bright orange fragrant flower clusters attract Monarch butterflies, which depend on this plant 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.