• 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