• Landscape Use: It’s a nice screening plant that grows fast with a distinctive tall vase-shaped form, providing good winter interest. Bebb’s Willow should be used in conjunction with aspen when building a naturalized aspen parkland habitat. Likes full sun. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Native pollinators (bees) feed on the early flowers. Special Conditions: It’s the most drought tolerant willow in Alberta.
  • 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. Native 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 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: 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: 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: This plant is valuable for its winter wood, adding colour to dreary winter landscapes. The early blooming pussy willows (male catkins) give hope for spring. Kids and adults can’t resist touching the soft, fuzzy catkins. Works well as a unique screen. Leafy in the summer and brightly coloured in the winter. Interplant with tall narrow screening trees to make for a more vibrant visual boundary because it has a relatively small footprint for tight areas. Likes full sun. Is versatile and can be used in wetter areas, but this isn’t a requirement. Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens. Native pollinators (bees) feed on the early flowers. Special Conditions: Don’t plant too close to the neighbour’s yard because they’ll steal your pussy willows, and your friends and family will want bouquets in the spring.
  • 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.
  • 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: Definitely another winter highlight landscape feature High security plant Suckers to 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