Native Plants for your Garden

Why you should choose native plants:

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. Plants from traditional nursery sources call us to choose the newest, the biggest, or most colourful. 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 by us for naturalization areas at Port Perry’s shoreline parks.

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.