Sample garden design: sun native garden

Good landscape design takes advantage of plants
that are adapted to local conditions.

Native plants need the least amount of care to thrive when you select plants that are suited to your site conditions.

Plants used in this design

Spring interest

  • Aquilegia canadensis, Canadian columbine
  • Baptisia alba, white false indigo
  • Lupinus perennis, wild lupine
  • Sisyrinchium species, blue-eyed grass
  • Amelanchier species, serviceberry
  • Tiarella species, foam flower

Summer interest

  • Rudbeckia hirta, blackeyed Susan
  • Asclepias tuberosa, butterfly weed
  • Coreopsis tripteris, tall coreopsis
  • Veronicastrum virginicum, Culver’s root
  • Echinacea pallida, pale, purple coneflowers
  • Liatris aspera, prairie blazing star

Fall interest

  • Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal flower
  • Symphyotrichum laeve, smooth blue aster
  • Anaphalis margaritacea, pearly everlasting


At least six hours of direct sunlight.


Native plants are generally naturally adapted to the soil conditions of our area. In more recently developed residential areas, the native soil may have been replaced. Never fertilize native plants as they aren’t used to rich soil; it will make them leggy with fewer blooms.


For the first few weeks after your new garden is planted, check to see that the soil is wet to a depth of at least 2.5 centimetres (1 inch), even if it rains, and water if needed. Continue watering plants as needed until they’re well established (one to two seasons). Adding of 5-10 centimetres (2-4 inches) of mulch every few years will help reduce watering needs and increase plant survival and growth.

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