Native Plants for your Garden

Growing a garden is one of the most satisfying experiences that we humans can enjoy.  From watching the first shoots of spring, right through to watching summer’s climax of colour, we get a lot of pleasure out of the yearly parade that we have planted.

Nursery flowers call us to choose the newest, the biggest, or the best.  However, what actually works best with your soil, the microorganisms in your soil and the local pollinators, will be native plant varieties.

There are many very beautiful native varieties as well which deserve to be continued to be propagated because of their symbiotic relationship with the local environment.  The question is often where to find these native varieties and just what do the look like or act in your garden.

Below are several excellent sources for native plant information and we have also attached a comprehensive list of native plants developed for naturalization areas at both Port Perry’s shoreline park trails and the Ojibway Heritage Interpretive Lands exhibit at the Scugog Shores Museum.

Scugog Lake Stewards Inc., April 2010 

Shoreline Native Plant Listing(pdf)

How and why to use native plants for your shoreline restoration project (pdf).   A wonderful site for finding native plants that are grown and sold locally.   An amazing native plant website.  Especially good for sourcing seed.   Ontario Native Plants of Claremont, Ontario.  Another good site for finding native plants, grown and sold locally.   A great site for finding Ontario native trees and shrubs and some native smaller plants.   Acorus restoration.  A great site for finding difficult to find native plants and information and help with installation.