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Best Native Plants in Winnipeg

Detail of Golden Current native Winnipeg plant. Photo by James L. Reveal

If you’re looking to plant a thriving and sustainable garden in Winnipeg, incorporating native Manitoba plants is the way to go! These native species are naturally adapted to the local prairie climate and soil conditions, making them hardy and resilient choices for your garden. Let’s take some time to go over the benefits of using many native plants. We’ll also provide you with curated lists of the best species to plant that will enhance your garden. Let’s get started!

Benefits of Native Species

Using native Manitoba plants and flowers in your garden offers a plethora of benefits. Firstly, these species are well-suited to our local prairie climate, reducing the need for extensive care and maintenance. Since they have evolved in the region for centuries, they are naturally resistant to pests and diseases, resulting in a healthier garden with minimal intervention.

Additionally, native plants play a crucial role in supporting local ecosystems and wildlife. They provide food and habitat for native insects, birds, and other wildlife, contributing to the overall biodiversity of your property. By incorporating native plants in your garden, you are actively participating in preserving and nurturing Manitoba’s natural environment.

Top Native Plants for Gardens

1. Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

Characteristics: This striking perennial features bright yellow petals with dark central cones.
Growing Conditions: Prairie coneflower thrives in full sun and well-drained soil.
Burstiness: It attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies, adding movement to your garden.

Photo Credit: Charmaine Richardson

Detail of Prairie Coneflower. Photo Charmaine Richardson

2. Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis)

Characteristics: Known for its tall spikes of purple flowers that bloom in late summer.
Growing Conditions: Northern blazing star prefers sunny spots with moist soil.
Burstiness: It creates a focal point in the garden and draws attention with its vibrant colour.

Photo Credit: Julie Makin

Detail of Meadow Blazing Star plant. Photo by

3. Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Characteristics: A fragrant herb with lavender flowers that attracts bees and hummingbirds.
Growing Conditions: Wild bergamot thrives in sunny locations with well-drained soil.
Burstiness: Its delightful aroma and wildlife interactions make it a captivating addition.

Photo Credit: John Hixon

Wild Bergamot flowers. Photo by John Hixon

4. Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

Characteristics: A deciduous shrub with clusters of fragrant yellow flowers in spring.
Growing Conditions: Golden currant prefers partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.
Burstiness: It provides early-season colour and serves as a habitat for birds.

Photo Credit: James L. Reveal

Detail of Golden Current native Winnipeg plant. Photo by James L. Reveal

5. Western Snowberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

Characteristics: This shrub produces small pink flowers and white, waxy berries.
Growing Conditions: Western snowberry is adaptable to various soil types and light conditions.
Burstiness: It adds visual interest with its delicate flowers and unique berries.

Photo Credit: Doug Waylett

Western Snowberry. Photo by Doug Waylett

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Canadian Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Canada Violets (Viola canadensis)
Canadian Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)
Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Cutleaf Anemone (Anemone multifida)
Early Blue Violets (Viola adunca)
False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)
Flat-Topped Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)
Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)
Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
Maximillian Sunflower (Helianthus Maximiliani)
Narrow-Leaved Purple Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)
Northern Bog Violets (Viola nephrophylla)
Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
Smooth Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)
Tall Meadow Rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)
White or Purple Milkweed (Asclepius incarnata)
Upland White Aster (Solidago ptarmicoides)

Creating a Native Plant Garden

Designing a garden requires careful planning and consideration. Start by researching native Manitoba plants that are best suited for your specific garden and landscape conditions. Consider factors like sunlight, soil type, and moisture levels when choosing a plant. Incorporate a mix of perennials, shrubs, and trees to create a diverse and visually appealing landscape. Group plants with similar water and sunlight needs together, allowing for more efficient irrigation and maintenance. To enhance the burstiness of your garden, consider companion planting. Pairing plants that have complementary colours, textures, and bloom times can create stunning visual displays and attract a wide range of pollinators.

If you forget to integrate hardscape features like walkways, seating areas, and water features to complement your native garden, we’ll remind you! These elements add functionality and visual appeal, making your native garden a welcoming and relaxing outdoor space.

Don’t hesitate to contact us. Our landscape designers here at North Coral Landscaping can help you make the planning process much more enjoyable and stress-free. The end result will be a testament to our knowledge and expertise.

Do Native Plants Need Maintenance and Care?

One of the significant advantages of using native plants is their low-maintenance nature. Once established, they require minimal watering and fertilization, reducing the need for ongoing care. Regular watering is essential during the first year to help the plants establish strong root systems. However, after that initial period, they can generally withstand dry conditions without much assistance. Pruning should be minimal, primarily focusing on removing dead or diseased growth. Native plants have evolved to thrive in their natural form, so excessive pruning is unnecessary.

Native Manitoba Garden Experts

Choosing to enhance your native garden with native Manitoba plants is a decision that offers numerous benefits. Not only will you create a visually stunning landscape, but you’ll also contribute to the preservation of local ecosystems and wildlife. By carefully selecting top native plants to plant in your garden, planning their layout, and ensuring proper maintenance, you can enjoy a thriving and sustainable outdoor space you’ll cherish for many years.

Creating a beautiful and sustainable garden requires expertise and knowledge of local plant species. North Coral Landscaping is your trusted partner for incorporating native plants into your garden. With our dedication to eco-friendly and sustainable landscaping practices, we can help you design and maintain a garden that is both bursting with life and unique to your local environment.

Contact us today so we can help transform your garden into a thriving sustainable eco-retreat full of beautiful native Manitoba plants.