• 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.