Growing and finding native plants

Native plants are the best sources of nectar and pollen for native bees, and are host plants for many butterfly caterpillars. They’ve evolved together to be a perfect match.

To keep plant costs down, I grow many of my native plants from seed. I do also buy native plants, but they aren’t easy to find in conventional nurseries or big box garden centres. I’ve included a list of where to buy native plants in the Ottawa area, and what you need to know before you visit.