• 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: Striking rich understory creates a BC coastal feel in your Calgary garden. Can grow under spruce. Prefers shade. Special Conditions: Unique and underused plant. Unknown in the mainstream nursery industry. Can spread, so make sure you have room for it and that the space has been designed for proper use for an understory plant.
  • Landscape Use:
    • Provides a graceful, upright planting in areas where more height than width is needed. Will enhance and maintain desired views.
    • Full sun.
    • Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens.
    • Native pollinators (bees) feed on the early flowers.
    Special Conditions:
    • Doesn’t tolerate grass growing around it. Keep in a mulched bed for the optimum growth and vigor.
  • Landscape Use: Small fine-textured tree can be planted as a specimen or in a grouping. Bright yellow fall colour. Small winter birds like the seed in the cones. Prefers a sunny site, shade-intolerant. Special Conditions: Can use more moisture if it is available, but does not seem to be a requirement. Make sure the grass does not grow up around the base.
  • 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: Use only if there is lots of space for this plant as it will take up as much area as allowed. It might stop at the street, but we wouldn’t guarantee it. Its bright silvery leaves make it a good candidate for mass accent planting where appropriate. Grows best in full sun and dry conditions. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Nitrogen fixer. Special Conditions: Very adaptable to most conditions and very aggressive. It will take over if not contained and it is very difficult to contain.
  • Landscape Use: Definitely another winter highlight landscape feature. High security plant. Suckers form an impenetrable thicket; great to use if you want to ensure privacy. Outstanding habitat plant for birds because it gives them protection as well as nourishment. Edible, tasty fruit, especially for jelly; gets sweeter after a frost and high in vitamin C. Hardier and longer lived than Sea Buckthorn, but of similar appearance. Full sun, hot and dry. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Nitrogen fixer. Special Conditions: Requires a hot, dry, sunny site. Don’t overwater. Suckers if the roots are disturbed. Plant it in a mulched bed and leave it alone.
  • Landscape Use: Saskatoons have a nice upright form and a relatively small footprint, so they make for a nice screening. The bonus of this plant is its outstanding fruit. Birds love the fruit, so make sure you’re out there early to share the pickings. Needs full sun with good air movement (wind). Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Special Conditions: Saskatoons are very disease susceptible if in shade or in an area of low air movement. Performs best in open, sunny, windy areas. Do not overwater.
  • Landscape Use:
    • Use where a fine textured, tall, graceful plant is required to fill larger areas.
    • Full sun.
    • Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens.
    • Native pollinators (bees) feed on the early flowers.
    • Planted along stream bank edges for reclamation, erosion control and naturalization.
    • Flood resistant.
    • A useful planting around ponds and dry riverbed landscape elements.
    Special Conditions:
    • Suckers freely.
    • We have a patch in the nursery which we’ve tried to keep under control for the past ten years. Use with extreme caution. Once you plant this, you will have it forever.