What are Native Plant Materials?

Native plants are indigenous species that have evolved naturally in a particular region. They can range from shrubs, grasses, coniferous and deciduous trees. Typically, they have been in the same area for centuries. Through evolution, they are able to adapt and thrive while non-native plants may have a hard time growing.

Why use Native Plant Materials?

As the public becomes more concerned about the environment, interest in preservation and restoration of native plant materials has increased.  Utilizing native plant material has proven beneficial for homeowners and environment. These plant materials are self sustaining and resist damage from common diseases, freezing and drought. All types of native plants can be used to control soil erosion and help with revegetation. By planting native material, water quality can be protected by controlling soil erosion. There is also a decrease in the amount of water needed for landscape maintenance; making them ideal for a long term low maintenance yard.

Types of native plant material for Western Canada


  • Colorado Blue spruce
  • Amur Maple
  • Bur Oak
  • Flowering Crab apple


  • Ninebark
  • Mugo Pine
  • Blue Juniper
  • Red Osier Dogwood


  • Blue Grama
  • Karl Forester Feather Reed Grass
  • Switch Grass

Ground Covers

  • Stonecrop
  • Hens & Chicks
  • Creeping and Common Juniper
  • Thyme
  • Lamium

Perennial Flowers

  • Blanket Flower
  • Dotted Blazing Star
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Showy Jacob’s Ladder