Planting in Calgary can be a bit of a trick with the ever changing weather. There have been stories that certain landscape companies will go and buy whatever plants and just throw them into the landscape design to look appealing to the homeowner. Project Landscape actually researches and has experience planting. We are one of a few companies that offer a warranty on plant material. If properly planted, there should be no reason why the plant doesn’t thrive. Project Landscape only picks the best plants for your landscape and will settle for nothing less.

Calgary’s Top Shrubs:

Globe Caragana:

Attractive, globe-shaped shrub with green foliage that turns buttery yellow in fall. Yellow flowers in summer. Low maintenance plant that does not require pruning.

Dwarf Mugo Pine:

Compact rounded form with short, dark green needles. A naturally dwarf version of the species and can be controlled to be smaller with annual pruning of the new candles before July.

Calgary Carpet Juniper:

Low-growing and wide-spreading form with attractive arching branches and medium green feathery foliage. Selection made from the Arcadia Juniper. One of the most popular junipers.

Gold Flame Spirea:

This low growing shrub has attractive tomato-orange leaves in spring, matures to bright yellow with red accents, and then turns a nice scarlet red in fall. Nice contrasting pink flowers in early summer.

Ivory Halo Dogwood:

A nice compact shrub with attractive, variegated green and white foliage. Creamy-white flowers in spring followed by small white berries in summer. Nice red twigs in winter.

Calgary’s Top Trees

Swedish Columnar Aspen:

Using as a screen or hedge, spacing should be at least 1.5-1.8 meters (or 5-6 feet) center to center to help prevent plant issues. This spacing will ensure proper screening for you while also allowing to prevent disease and create a proper healthy environment for the aspens. If you want a faster screen, consider two rows of these staggered. This will help them fill in faster and you should not have issues later on.

Amur Cherry:

The most attractive feature of this tree is its bronze-colored bark. Green leaves with white flowers in spring followed by tiny black cherries in fall.

Schubert Chokecherry:

Green leaves in spring mature to purple. White flowers in spring followed by tiny black cherries.

Russian Mountain Ash:

Hardy pyramidal accent tree with clusters of white flowers in spring followed by orange-red berries into winter. Nice green leaves turn orange and yellow in fall. Retains leaves longer in fall than other Mountain Ash.

Colorado Blue Spruce:

Evergreen with a strong central leader and a distinctive pyramidal form. Large stout branches and long, very pointy needles ranging from green to silver-blue in color.