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Common Name: Pink Lady's Slipper Latin Name: Cypripedium acaule (aka Fissipes hirsuta) This orchid promises pollinators a nice atmosphere and an empty plate for dinner. Photo Credit: North American Orchid Conservation Center ● Canadian Hardiness Zone: 2+* (Phoenix Perennials, B.C.) (USDA Zone: 3-8, according to MBG) ● Plant Type: Orchid, Delicate perennial ● Bloom Time: Late April - Early June ● Bloom Colour: Pinks/White/Burgundy (other hybrids and colours available) ● Mainte

Bleeding Hearts

Latin Name: Lamprocapnos spectabilis (previously/aka Dicentra spectabilis) Valentine's Day is just around the corner! [ this is your reminder to get that special someone in your life a little something special ] Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine' (Bleeding Hearts) Photo Credit: Gardenia.net ALSO: Dicentra canadensis (Squirrel Corn), Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's Breeches), Dicentra eximia (Fringed Bleeding Hearts) & Dicentra formosa (Fern-leaf Bleeding Hearts) ● Canadian Hard

Crocus

Latin Names: Crocus vernus, Crocus chrysanthus, Crocus tommasinianus, Crocus sativus, Crocus sieberi, Colchicum autumnale, & Colchicum cilicicum *AND MORE!* This plant does not have an identity crisis. One plant (common name "Crocus") has SO MANY different types. This is why Latin is important. Explore these differences below: Crocus vernus (Dutch crocus) Photo Credit: Missouri Botanical Gardens Crocus tommasinianus (Snow crocus) Photo Credit: Missouri Botanical Gardens ● Ca

Marsh Marigold (aka Cowslip)

Latin Name: Caltha palustris Not actually a Marigold but rather a member of the Buttercup family! "WHY DO YOU BUILD ME UP?! (build me up) BUTTERCUP BABY..." Naturalizing, mounding perennial native to areas in North America (see map below for range) that attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Photo Credit: Missouri Botanical Gardens ● Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3-7 (ONP) (USDA Zone: 3-7, according to MBG) ● Plant Type: Perennial ● Bloom Time: April-June (and a

White Clover

Latin Name: Trifolium repens Yup. Your eyes don't deceive you. CLOVER! This quick-growing, ground-hugging little nitrogen powerhouse is an excellent addition to any polyculture lawn. YES! LAWNS! Stay with me here - continue reading for more info... Photo Credit: Missouri Botanical Gardens ● Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4+ (OSC Seeds) (USDA Zone: 3-10, according to MBG) ● Plant Type: Groundcover ● Bloom Time: May-June ● Bloom Colour: White ● Maintenance: Medium (requires regular m

Hyacinth

Latin Name: Hyacinthus orientalis A variety of colours available! Spring show! Strong fragrance! This bulb is easy to grow and difficult to kill (even if you don't have a green thumb). Like other bulbs, if it doesn't pop-up in Spring, it probably didn't die - It is more likely that a squirrel stole it. Photo Credit: Missouri Botanical Gardens ● Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4-9 (Veseys) (USDA Zone: 4-8, according to MBG) ● Plant Type: Spring Bulb ● Bloom Time: April ● Bloom Colour

Border Forsythia

Latin Name: Forsythia x intermedia This shrub provides an early-Spring show - if you have the space to plant it! Photo Credit: Missouri Botanical Gardens ● Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4+* (NVK) (USDA Zone: 5-8, according to MBG) ● Plant Type: Flowering Shrub ● Bloom Time: Early Spring ● Bloom Colour: Yellow ● Maintenance: Low ● Water Use: Low *see "Ideal Growing Conditions "If I buy you, bring you home, stick you in the ground, water you and love you - and you DIE on me - either