• 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.
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Creates a unique 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 situation; much hardier and more vigorous than mainstream choices.