Although the Network of Nature database is a great resource for filtering species by attributes and creating plant lists, it can sometimes be an overwhelming task if you aren’t sure where to start. Luckily, many local nature groups, Conservation Authorities, and Governments often have pre-made species lists highlighting native species for use in landscaping, gardening, and restoration. These lists are often tailored to the local area and a specific end target (butterfly garden, riparian restoration, shade garden, etc.).
We recommend the following tips when using the information provided on these lists:
Treat them as a starting point only, not as a fully comprehensive list!
Be sure to get the appropriate permits and approvals (if needed) for your species lists before planting anything.
Use caution when considering “acceptable” non-native species, lists can become outdated and may not reflect current acceptable species use.
Browse the compiled species lists available below for inspiration, and then head to your lists to get started on a custom list for the exact planting project you have in mind!
Native Plant Revegetation Guidelines for Alberta – Appendix H: Available Native Plant Materials for Use on Public Lands in Alberta (2000)
Recommended Native Species List, BC - Appendix 2: Native Plant Species
The Invasive Species Council of Manitoba – Grow Me Instead
City of Ottawa – Native Plants
ON Conservation Authorities
Lower Thames CA – Choose the Right Tree
Conservation Halton – Seed Mixed Suitable for Our Watershed
Toronto and Region CA – Seed Mix Guidelines