Plants & Products

  • Landscape Use: We use it for shade foliage as an understory. Unique and underused plant. Unknown in the mainstream nursery industry. Special Conditions: A new introduction with limited numbers.
  • Landscape Use: Extremely flexible in a landscape as long as it is given some room to spread. Does not penetrate basements or irrigation systems as some common myths would have you believe. A fast growing plant which will provide good screening, wind protection and sound barrier. Full sun is always best for aspen until they grove. Extremely drought tolerant. Special Conditions: ant to be on drier sites. Do not irrigate.
  • Landscape Use: Balsam poplars are best in rural landscapes where there is lots of room to grow. An important reclamation plant. The native stands of poplars are in decline because there are no floods to rejuvenate the river bottom soils and the grasses have invaded the flood plains, which restricts poplar growth. Full sun to partial shade. See Paskapoo Poplar for a good urban or smaller site landscape plant. Special Conditions: Poplars do not compete well with grasses, always plant into mulched beds. Female poplars with their fluff seem to be unpopular.
  • Landscape Use: It’s a nice screening plant that grows fast with a distinctive tall vase-shaped form, providing good winter interest. Bebb’s Willow should be used in conjunction with aspen when building a naturalized aspen parkland habitat. Likes full sun. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Native pollinators (bees) feed on the early flowers. Special Conditions: It’s the most drought tolerant willow in Alberta.
  • Landscape Use: Use as an understory to complete a landscape. Can be added at any time to an established landscape. Scented flowers add to the appeal of a woodland garden. Prefers the shade, but will also grow in a sunny site. Special Conditions: Vastly different from the cultivaed spiraea on the market.
  • Landscape Use: Will enhance your winter landscape with vibrant colours on twigs, buds and catkins. Soft, fine textured shrubs act as a great filler plant in the summer. Fits well into relatively narrow problem areas. Full sun. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. N ative pollinators (bees) feed on the early flowers. Special Conditions: Can handle wet, but this isn’t a requirement. You can make lovely pussy willow bouquets as a bonus.
  • Landscape Use: Gives a landscape a deep, lush, shady BC look. Likes the shade but does ok in the sun. Special Conditions: Insect resistant. Difficult to propagate, so numbers are low for availability; get here early.
  • Landscape Use: Use in moist, shady sites to create a woodland garden. Needs shade to thrive. Special Conditions: Limited numbers are available at the nursery because of its shade and moisture requirements.
  • Landscape Use: Use where a large coarse shrub is needed for screening, windbreak, and bird habitat. It’s called chokecherry for a good reason, although the fruit can be used for jellies or wine. Prefers full sun and windy conditions. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Special Conditions: This is a large shrub, so make sure you have adequate room for it. Always look for a local seed sourced plant because they are less susceptible to black knot. The more open and windy the area, the healthier the plant.
  • Landscape Use: Hardy replacement for a lot of mainstream juniper cultivars. Life expectancy can be hundreds of years. Distinctive fragrance . lexible exposure; can take extreme hot and dry, but survives in the shade. Extremely drought tolerant; do not overwater. Special Conditions: Does not like excess moisture beyond normal rainfall. Resistant to juniper hawthorne rust.
  • Landscape Use: Fills in an area quite nicely. Good understory for large beds. Full sun to part shade. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Special Conditions: Commonly used for reclamation for bank stabilization. Suckers aggressively. Once you have roses you will always have roses. Prickly rose (Rosa acicularis) and wild rose (Rosa woodsii) overlap habitats in Calgary and do hybridize.
  • Landscape Use: Use in hot, dry, south-facing slopes or sites. Maximize attractiveness in a landscape by planting on a slope. Very drought-tolerant. Full sun. Special Conditions: Do not water. Keep the grass away from this as Creeping Juniper looks unkempt with grass growing in it. Native seed sources will perform to expectations.
  • Landscape Use: City of Calgary’s official tree. Large long-lived tree requires lots of space. Greener and prettier than spruce with a finer texture. Full sun or shade. Special Conditions: Place in a mulched bed to ensure adequate moisture retention. Always look up to make sure you are not planting under a power or phone line.
  • Landscape Use: Small, well-behaved and maintains its shape without pruning. Outstanding four-season hedge with a lot of character. The smoky grey twigs and the dark bronzy red interior add to its winter interest. Very tolerant of harsh urban environments. Small winter birds feed on the nutlets. Very flexible planting requirements, from full sun to partial shade; grows well in dry as well as moist areas. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Special Conditions: Does not tolerate grass growing around the base. Prefers a mulched bed.
  • Landscape Use: Can grow in deep, dark, cold, shady north facing sites. Fills a small space about 0.5m wide with a dense green mound. A lovely addition to the shady perennial garden. Loves shade. Special Conditions: A new introduction of a native plant. Limited supply for a few years as we work on increasing propagation.
  • Landscape Use: Fast growing filler and foliage plant. Versatile, can be used in the deep dark shade or full sun. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Attractive late season plant has dark green leaves with clusters of bright red fruit. Good bird habitat. The birds eat the fruit in the fall as they are migrating south and they do eat the fruit in the spring if there is nothing else to eat. Special Conditions: Deer resistant. Does need to be pruned, and responds well to a rejuvenating hard pruning. We cut down the ones by our greenhouse every spring and they grow back to 2m tall by mid season.
  • Landscape Use: The showy, long-blooming flowers offer great early summer interest. The best and most reliable of the fruiting shrubs from the prairies. Reliable, predictable edible fruit production; you’ll have to race the birds for the fruit, although usually there is a heavy enough crop to go around. Should be included in permaculture designs. Makes an excellent specimen or hedging plant. Likes it hot, dry, open and windy. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Special Conditions: Needs full sun and a hot, dry site
  • Landscape Use: Versatile; use everywhere. Grows under spruce. Has a graceful tumbling shape in contrast with its sharp thorns. Berries are tasty. Sun or shade. Many public places have eliminated the understory plantings from a safety standpoint, but gooseberry can be used as a safe understory for mass plantings; will spread to fill in an area, yet remain low. Special Conditions: Likes to be in a mulched bed. Doesn’t compete well with grasses.
  • Landscape Use: You can use this where you want a screen that has a nice deep, dark, dense green look. Green alders have a pretty form in winter and the silvery grey bark creates winter interest. Small birds like finches and chickadees eat the seed throughout the winter. Flexible in exposure, will grow in full sun or shade. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. A nitrogen fixer Special Conditions: Requires some supplemental watering. Place near downspout or in lower wet areas.
  • Landscape Use: Small well-behaved border plant. Makes a nice thin open hedge. Grey leaves add some interest to a landscape. Full sun and dry site preferred. Special Conditions: Relatively rare and unknown. A few are available for completion of Salix collections.
  • Landscape Use: Use where a small but very attractive tree is needed. Very high-security plant, impenetrable barrier. Attractive white flowers with bright red edible fruit (haws) in the fall. Good bird habitat. Prefers a sunny site. Special Conditions: This is a prairie plant, so do not overwater. Very sharp thorns, use with caution.
  • Landscape Use: Use as a winter accent plant with its excellent winter bark colour. Relatively small-headed tree works well in limited space sites. Grows very well if planted in multiples. Provides a light shade with good screening abilities. Red polls, finches and chickadees feed on the seed in the winter. Flexible light requirements, full sun to partial shade. Special Conditions: Very similar to the previous Paper Birch, but of an unusual seed source. The Herbert Birch were of a seed source east of Olds above the Red Deer River, south of their normal range. This Birch is named in honor of our good friend Dave Herbert, an influential instructor at Olds College and an excellent plantsman. Although this seed source does not require extreme amounts of water, it will perform best in a mulched bed. Health and vigor of this plant is not affected by birch leaf miners, and it is best to ignore them if they do appear; no need for chemical treatments.
  • Landscape Use: Silver grey foliage gives a bright accent to dry shade areas. Seems to need some shade for best performance. Special Conditions: Needs some protection. Does not care for wet sites.
  • Landscape Use: Use as an accent to a shade garden. One of the few silver grey plants which will grow in the shade. Early spring flower provides excellent bee habitat. Special Conditions: One of the newest introductions from Bow Point Nursery, so limited numbers will be available. Can use extra moisture, but not a requirement.
  • Landscape Use: Groundcover for all exposures, although its preference is well-drained soils. Plant on the south side for red winter leaf colour. Extremely drought tolerant. Very successful in a range of exposures, full sun to full shade. Special Conditions: Slow to establish, but well worth the wait. Keep the grass away from this as Kinnickinnick looks unkempt with grass growing in it. Native seed sources will perform to expectations.
  • Landscape Use: Restricted to shady and damp locations at this point in trials. We are looking for better seed sources for a broader range of landscape use. Beautiful plant that has many ornamental features, but difficult to grow. Special Conditions: Under trial at this point. Not in normal production for sale; call to enquire.