Native Plants for Rock Gardens

Charming and diminutive plants from Ottawa Valley’s natural rock gardens

Species from slide show, in order shown
Early Saxifrage (Micranthes virginiensis)
Early Buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis)
Common Bluets (Houstonia carulia)
Long-leaved Bluets (Houstonia longifolia)
Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus)
Dwarf Hairy Beardtongue (P. hirsutus var. pygmaeus)
Field Pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta)
Hooked-spur or Early Violet (Viola adunca)
Bird’sfoot Violet (Viola pedata)
Eastern Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
Wood Lily (Lilium philadelphicum)
White Camas (Ziggy) (Zigadenus glauca or Anticlea elegans ssp. glaucus)
Upland White Aster (Solidago ptarmicoides)
Three-toothed Cinquefoil (Sibbaldiopsis tridentata)
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
Grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassus glauca)
Sticky False Asphodel (Tofieldia glutinosa)
Carnivorous Plants: Pitcher Plant, Sundew, Bladderwort
Dwarf Canadian Primrose (Primula mistassinica)
Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)
Spring Ephemerals: Spring Beauty /Trout Lily /Toothwort
Wild Ginger (Asarum canadensis)
Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia)
Mitrewort (Mitella diphylla)
Broad-leaved Sedge (Carex platyphylla)
Carex eburnea
Trailing Arbutus (Epigea repens)
Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)
Creeping Snowberry (Gaultheria hispidula)
Common Wood Sorrel (Oxalis montana)
Gaywings (Polygala paucifolia)
Tall Sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)


Why Use Native Plants


Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Doug Tallamy
Doug Tallamy – Earth Optimism Summit 2017

Making a Wildflower Meadow

 on Monday, October 23rd, 7:30 pm

Making a Wildflower Meadow

a talk and slide show by

Trish Murphy

for  the Gatineau Valley Gardeners

St Mary’s Magdalene Church, 537 Highway 105 (across from the Freshmart) in Chelsea, Quebec. All are welcome.

A meadow is one of the fastest and easiest ways to create a native plant community which supports wild pollinators, butterflies and other wildlife. Trish will explain how she made three meadow-like gardens at Beaux Arbres and highlight some of the beautiful native grasses and flowers for sunny meadow areas.


Talk on Native Rock Garden Plants


Saturday, November 11th, 1pm

for the Ottawa Valley Rock Garden Society

Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Avenue, Ottawa

Trish will be showcasing some of the diminutive and charming wild flowers which are native to the local alvars, barrens and rocky slopes, many of which she is propagating at Beaux Arbres. If you do not already know them (and even if you do), come out and meet Early Saxifrage, Hooked-Spur Violet, Long-leaved Bluet, Wood Sorrel, and many others.

early saxifrage

Early Saxifrage (Micranthes virginiensis)

Featured photo of Trish in her rock garden: Deborah Powell

End of Season, Saturday, September 30th

The last day of a busy nursery season at Beaux Arbres will be Saturday, September 30th. We met many great native plant gardeners this rainy summer. Thanks to all our customers who came out to the farm for our events or just to visit.

I will be in Ottawa for the seed workshop at Fletcher Wildlife Garden on Sunday, October 1st. If you are planning to attend the workshop and also want native plants, I could bring in plants that day. We have sold out of some popular items for this year. If you are interested in a particular species. message me on the the blog or via FB, and I’ll see what I can do.

Beaux Arbres reuses nursery pots, If you have accumulated a stash of nursery pots over the summer, bring them along to the seed workshop, if they are the sort Beaux Arbres uses (see photo below).



Seed Collecting Workshop, Sunday Oct 1

Collecting Seeds to Grow Your Own Wildflowers

Join Sandy Garland and Trish Murphy, of Beaux Arbres Native Plants, at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, in Ottawa, for a hands-on workshop on collecting native plant seeds, cleaning and storing the seeds and using cool, moist stratification and other techniques to prepare them to germinate.

  • Fletcher Wildlife Garden Centre
  • South of the Arboretum , off Prince of Wales
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Sunday, October 1st, 1 to 3 pm
seed collecting

Collect seed.


Plan your seed starting strategies and schedule the cool-moist stratification – a mid-winter task.


Most species will be ready and eager to germinate next spring.


Beaux Arbres is back on-line. Some new replacement equipment has been installed and, as long as a storm system does not come between us and our satellite, we should be re-connected with the internet world.

The photo is of Tall Sunflower (Helianthus giganteus), adding its own sunshine to a grey, misty morning.

Out of touch

We are having internet difficulties and will be back up as soon as we can. In the meantime call us directly at 819-647-2404. We are at Beaux Arbres most of the time so leave a message. If we don’t answer the phone we are probably in the garden.