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Native-to-Ontario Perennials

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By Charlene McKenzie

Posted in Experts, Flowers, General, Trees & Shrubs

Native-to-Ontario Perennials

Here at The Country Basket Garden Centre we carry Native-to-Ontario perennial plants. Below you will find a list of many varieties but please note *we may not carry all the plants listed, all the time*. For best availability we recommend you stop in late April or early May. Also, you can always contact us to place an order and we'll do our best to source your desired product.

Native-to-Ontario Perennials


Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) - an  upright grass

Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) - upright towers of purple flowers in the summer

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) - a groundcover with white flowers in spring, red berries later

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) - orange-flowered flower that attracts butterflies!

Canada Anemone (Anemone sylvestris) - spring-blooming white woodland flower

Canada Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) - spring blooming red/yellow woodland flower

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) - spikes of red flowers in summer, tolerates wet grass

Carex pensylvanica - low growing shade-tolerant grass, good for dry shade

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) - a long-blooming flower that attracts butterflies

False Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis) - spikes of purple flowers in summer

Ferns - we carry a variety of native ferns including Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)

Harebells (Campanula rotundifolia) - nodding blue summer flowers for full sun

Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) - a pollinator magnet

Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana) - pink and white cultivars

Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) - a wispy-flowered full-sun prairie flower

Sundrops (Oenothera) - yellow flower blooms in summer

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) - narrow leafed, pink flowered butterfly magent

Sweetgrass Hierochloe odorata) - fragrant grass that grows in sun or shade, tolerates wet areas

Tiarella cordifolia (Foamflower) -  shade tolerant groundcover with spikes of white spring flowers

Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) - sun-loving yellow flowers in summer

Trilliums (Trillium grandifolia) - white trilliums are the provincial flower of Ontario

Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) - cultivars of this late-blooming shade-tolerant white/pink flower

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) - bright blue spring woodland flowers

Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) - vigorous vine that turns brilliant red in fall

Wild Ginger (Asarum canadensis) - broad-leafed shade-tolerant groundcover

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) - low growing evergreen groundcover with red berries

Woodland Phlox (Phlox divericata) - spring-blooming purple/blue flower that prefers shade

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