Plants & Products

  • 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: 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: Alberta’s provincial tree. Plant in areas that can handle a large tree. Chickadees and finches eat the seed through the winter. Full sun, well-drained and dry is the ideal site. Special Conditions: Pines will thrive if planted in mulched beds free of grasses and weeds. This is a fast growing tree, usually 0.75m per year if it is not overwatered.
  • Landscape Use: Of limited use in the Calgary region due to cool nights; performs better on the prairies with the warmer summer nights. Neat compact plant for full sun. In the right spot, you can look forward to a great fall show. Special Conditions: We’ve grown it at Bow Point Nursery but it has not performed very well. Research continues to find seed sources better adapted to the Calgary area. Under trial at this point Not in normal production for sale; call to enquire.
  • 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: 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: 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: Creates a small hedge that looks good all year. Works well as an understory plant. The plump white fruit creates a point of interest summer through winter. Form is thickest and prettiest in full sun; it is also very attractive in the shade, but will have a thinner shape. Special Conditions: Another example of a native plant that thrives in a multitude of landscape situations. Much hardier and more vigorous than mainstream choices.
  • Landscape Use: A long-lived tree, make sure it is planted in the best site. There are Limber Pine in Alberta that are over 500 years old. A pleasant addition to any winter landscape. Blue green needles look good all season. Full sun. Special Conditions: Limber grow on the rocky hog-back ridges just west of Calgary, which leads one to believe they like to be grown dry. Irrigation will not aid this plant, so do not overwater; that is, the amount of rain we get in a season will be more than enough for this tough plant. Mulched bed in a well-drained site works best for the Limber Pine.