Why Choose Native Plants?
South-western Alberta is a harsh environment for any plant. Chinook winds can cause non-native plants to "wake-up" which can cause these poor plants to get frost damaged when then weather inevitably goes below zero again. Native plant species evolved in our local climate and are well adapted to our remarkably varied and unpredictable weather. The future climate of the Northern Plains is one where drought will become more common.
Traditional water and fertilizer intensive gardens that we are accustomed to may no longer be practical or even possible.
Native plants offer a solution.
Southern Alberta's native plants are already adapted to long periods of drought stress and will survive happily in your backyard!