New Plant Availability List

Dwarf Canadian Primrose (foreground) and Bird's Eye Primrose (in back)

As promised, I have a new Plant Availability list. That warm weather I was counting upon to bring on a whole lot of new species – didn’t happen. There are a few. I will be making a delivery to the pick-up point in the west-end of Ottawa on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 13th, with… Continue reading New Plant Availability List

Not the FoF Mothers’ Day Sale

Rocky Mountain Columbines in pots in the hoop house

These are some of the plant I would have been bringing to the Friends of the Farm Mothers Day Sale on Sunday. They are the best looking bunch of plants I have had in the six years since Beaux Arbres first attended the sale. However, I can bring them into Ottawa for you next week.… Continue reading Not the FoF Mothers’ Day Sale

Seed Sale

Half Price Seed Sale It is not too late to order native seeds for those species that require no cold pretreatment. These seeds are often tiny things that we sow on the surface of a pot of seed-sedstarting mix and give moisture and warmth. Many species in the Pea Family germinate well with hot water… Continue reading Seed Sale

Ordering Plants

Dwaqrf Canadian Primrose

We think gardening and nature appreciation are going to be big this year. Perhaps this is the right year to add lots of native plants to your garden. So, until we can help you in person at our ususal venues, we are exploring ways to to help you get nursery-propagated native plants, while respecting guidelines… Continue reading Ordering Plants

Seed list for Seedy Saturday, March, 2020

Bottle Gentian growing on the edge of the Ottawa River in Bristol Township, Quebec.

Update March 17: We have run out of White Turtlehead, Fringed Gentian, Compass Plant, Prairie Smoke, and Nodding Prairie Onion. To whet your appetite for wildflowers, I have posted the list of seed species Beaux Arbres will be bringing to Seedy Saturday in March. This year we have over 80 species available in seeds. New… Continue reading Seed list for Seedy Saturday, March, 2020

New Seeds in time for Christmas

Sugar Bowls in the rock garden at Beaux Arbres

Beaux Arbres’ wildflower seeds will be on sale at the $100 and Under Christmas Sale in Carp this weekend — a chance to pick up some little gifts for the gardeners on your list, and an advance look at some special species new for 2020. For the first time we are have seeds of the… Continue reading New Seeds in time for Christmas

Plant Now for Spring Flowers

Wild Columbine

In addition to some lovely fall bloomers — Smooth Aster, Tall Sunflower, Obedient Plant, among others –Beaux Arbres will be bringing some spring -bloomers to the Ottawa Westboro Farmers’ Market this Saturday, September 14th. Experienced gardeners know they can get a much better show next spring by planting now, rather than by waiting until next… Continue reading Plant Now for Spring Flowers

Some Wildflowers of Late Summer

Silverrod (with Smooth Aster in the back)

Silverrod (Solidago bicolor) has delighted me this year with its abundance of cream-coloured bloom. Like many wildflowers, Silverrod is often a wispy little thing in the wild, struggling to compete. Give it its own place in a garden, and the picture above shows what it can do. The blooms are constantly abuzz with native pollinators.… Continue reading Some Wildflowers of Late Summer

Great Plants for Shade

American Spikenard fruit

I love Spikenard (Aralia racemosa), a big shrub sized perennial. The flowers are not much, small and greenish white, but the bold leaves and dark purple stems are handsome enough throughout the summer. It is in the autumn that the plant shines. The little white flowers develop into red berries that turn black when fully… Continue reading Great Plants for Shade