Wondering where to buy hardy, beautiful and beneficial plants? Click on a province below for a list of nurseries that sell Canadian native plants – plants that have been growing here for hundreds of years.
Regionally native plants are great additions to any garden. They...
• can be stunningly beautiful
• can be planted in any style of garden you choose
• will generally thrive without much care if situated in a suitable spot that matches their needs, such as lighting, soil and moisture
• won't typically need watering once their roots are established
• are adapted to local weather conditions and should thrive without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides
• have co-evolved with local animals, becoming their perfect food source.
Buying from a nursery helps prevent native plants from being dug from the wild, an activity which adds to their existing threats of habitat destruction and personal collection.
The nurseries included here supplied the information on this list. The inclusion of any supplier should not be seen as an endorsement by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Also note that nurseries have varying percentages of native plants carried, with some nurseries are more specialized than others.
- To help you find out which plants are native to your region of Canada and would be a good fit in your garden, check out our Native Plant Encyclopedia, talk with local field naturalists or look through books on the subject.
- Feel free to ask suppliers about the origin of their stock if you aren’t sure about its source.
- If possible, learn more about or, in some cases, avoid the purchase of named cultivars as they are often chosen for their abnormal characteristics, such as size or bloom time, and may be less useful for creating habitat. Some cultivars with many extra petals, for example, can make it harder for pollinators to find their food.
- Stock that has originated locally typically grow better than seeds of the same species that came from elsewhere.