Fall Shrub Sale

Native shrubs are a great way to add structure and character to your garden, provide four-season interest, and offer birds and pollinators valuable sources of food and habitat throughout the year.

Our Fall Shrub Sale has finished. Pick up your shrub Oct. 2!

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Beautify Your Yard and Support Pollinators

Planting native shrubs is good for your garden and the ecosystem! These species support local pollinators and other beneficial insects as well as providing beautiful blooms and foliage. They can add structure and character to existing plantings, forming the backbone of a landscape design. All of our shrubs are locally sourced from reputable nurseries.

All proceeds from this fundraiser  go towards local environmental projects that help people live sustainably.

Orders will be ready for pick-up between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. October 2nd, 2021 at the Reep House for Sustainable Living located at 20 Mill St, Kitchener


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How to Plant and Care For Your Shrubs

Your new shrubs should be planted as soon as possible. If there is some delay in planting, store plants in a shady, wind protected area, and keep root area evenly moist. Handle plants gently and use the container or root ball to move the plant. Never hold onto the plant itself.

Dig your planting hole at least 5” larger than the size of the pot on all sides. The hole should roughly be the same depth as the pot, so the finished level of the planted shrub is the same as it was grown, or no more than 3” higher.

Water your shrub thoroughly before removing the container. If a light tapping on the sides and bottom of the pot does not release the soil, make two cuts the length of the pot on opposite sides and gently pull away the halves. Use your fingers or a knife to gently loosen and spread exposed roots that appear crowded.

Place the shrub in the hole and fill in around plant with the original soil mixed with compost or manure. Tamp the soil down with your hands so the shrub is secure. Water thoroughly, then place an even 4″ layer of mulch around the plant.

Water your shrub regularly when the soil feels dry to the touch, 2” to 3” down into the root area. Continue this form of watering until the plant is well established and growing.

Planting instructions from Landscape Ontario

Available Species

Southern Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum)

Mature Size: 175 cm tall x 175 cm wide
Ideal growing conditions: Prefer well-drained soil in full sun to part shade
Description: Clusters of creamy-white flowers in spring, bluish-black fruit in fall. Shiny, dark green leaves turning yellow to reddish-purple in fall. Upright, rounded, multi-stemmed habit.
Benefits: Flowers attract butterflies in spring and fruits attract birds in fall. Deer resistant & salt tolerant.

Common Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

Mature Size: 250 cm tall x 250 cm wide
Ideal growing location: Tolerates a variety of soil types, including moist soils. Prefers full sun to part-shade
Description: Fragrant white flowers in a flat-topped cluster bloom in July. Purple-black berries in early fall. Compound, medium-green leaves turn yellow in the fall. 
Benefits: Berries attract birds. Berries are edible when cooked. Fast grower.

Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)

Mature Size: 4.5 m tall x 3 m wide
Ideal growing location: Grows best in moist soils, can tolerate poorly drained soils. Prefers full sun to part shade.
Description: Silvery-grey male catkins and yellowish female. Catkins emerge in late winter or early spring on separate male and female shrubs. Bright green leaves turn pale or bright yellow in the fall. Upright, spreading crown. Prefers growing in moist soils.
Benefits: Blooms emerge early in the spring, providing valuable food source to pollinators. Helps soak up water in wet areas; good choice for a rain garden. 

Northern Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

Mature Size: 1 m tall x 1 m wide
Ideal growing location: Grows best in well-drained soils. Prefers full sun to part shade.
Description: Yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers emerge in late spring or early summer. Glossy, reddish to dark green leaves turn to shades of yellow, orange, and red in the fall. Rounded, dense form.
Benefits: A great native alternative to other invasive honeysuckle varieties. Long blooming flowers provide food source to pollinators and dense branches provide nesting habitat for some birds.

Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum)

Mature Size: 250 cm x 250 cm  
Ideal growing location:  Grows best in well-drained soils. Prefers full sun to part shade.
Description:  Clusters of creamy-white flowers in spring. Red berries in the fall. Green leaves turn reddish-purple in the fall. Upright, multi-stemmed habit.
Benefits: Berries are attractive to birds. Fast grower.

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