The Big Tooth Maple is native to western North America, along streams from Idaho to Wyoming and south to Mexico. Brilliantly colored fall foliage. Lustrous green leaves, seeds emerge rosy-pink. Shrubby in youth, rounded head at maturity. One of the most sought after inter-mountain native trees.
Rocky Mountain Columbine: Glorious light to deep blue flowers 2-3in across sometimes bi-colored with white. An excellent border perennial, grand for cutting, in bloom for several weeks and will grow in sun or light shade. Pollinators: bumblebees, hawk moths. Tolerates clay. More info here.
Golden-spurred Columbine, a native of the canyons of the Southwest produces fragrant cheerful yellow flowers with long outward-curving spurs In late spring. The fragrant blooms rise on slender stems above beautiful blue-green, fernlike foliage. Tolerates clay. More information here.
Kinnick-kinnick is a glossy deep-green groundcover that does well under trees and shrubs in full sun or part shade. Small pinkish blooms are followed in fall by bird-friendly red berries. Leaves green or deep red in winter.
Showy Milkweed was once common, but modern agricultural techniques have largely eradicated this crucial pollinator plant. Milkweed provides larval food for the dwindling Monarch butterfly. It is tall and beautiful, but spreads through the garden by root–so choose the planting site with care!
False Aster is a vigorous perennial that comes back from its roots every year to produce a veritable cloud of white blossoms in fall. Hundreds of white, aster-like flowers cover this 3-4’ tall plant, creating a stunning late season focal point.
Harebells is a lovely little wildflower is a native to most of the U.S., including Idaho. Its nodding blue flowers are held on wiry stems above attractive basal foliage. Great for borders, rock gardens. Pollinators: native bees. More info here.
Northern Sea Oats’ upright bamboo-like foliage produces unique drooping, flat panicles or seed-heads. The foliage turns a beautiful bronze in the fall and remains highly ornamental throughout winter. Seed heads are great for dried bouquets.
This tap-rooted perennial is found in open, dry prairies of the Midwest, and is prized for its medicinal value. It is also highly ornamental, with lovely purple coneflowers floating above narrow-leaved stalks. Good nectar plant for butterflies and bees.
Thin purple petals of this Conflower drape delicately from a bold brown center. It is lovely in a bouquet and also great for naturalizing en masse in the garden. Its deep taproot allows it to thrive in dry soils. Nectar plant for Monarch and other butterflies. Tolerates clay. Pollinators: bees, butterflies.
This is a miniature European version of our beautiful native Fireweed. We have been reluctant to offer Fireweed itself as it can be very invasive. Alpine Willowherb is much smaller and promises to be better behaved in the garden. Supports honeybees.
Rattlesnake Master is a tall, striking accent plant with stiff, yucca-like foliage and 1” white thistle-like flowers. Name derives from traditional belief that root will cure snake bite. Native to midwestern prairies. Pollinators: bees, beetles and flies.
Prairie Smoke has early summer blooms, followed by distinctive feathery pink seed heads. Appreciates moderate water and does best in part shade, except at higher elevations, where it thrives in full sun. Pollinators: native bees More info here.
Dense Blazing Star: With showy spikes of pink flowers over grass-like foliage, this native prairie plant will add stunning variety, texture & beauty to your border or meadow. Excellent cut flower. Nectar plant for butterflies.
Sandwort-like white flowers over club-moss like foliage. Here is a low-growing woody perennial with small needle-like leaves and white flowers, It typically grows in rock crevices or on rocky soils, likes good drainage. Would benefit from afternoon shade.
Beebalm or Wild Bergamot is a widespread native wildflower with clusters of tufted lavender flowers and is an important plant for native bees and butterflies. A long-lived, clump-forming perennial, it is attractive at the back of a border or in a meadow-like setting.
Whipple’s Penstemon is a striking perennial with whorls of deep purple burgundy, almost black flowers with pin-striped, cream-colored throats in mid late summer. Native to higher Idaho elevations, this penstemon can take part shade in the valleys.
Syringa or Mock Orange is a deciduous shrub with lovely four petaled flowers, incredible fragrance. In the wild, syringa grows in variety of habitats, from streambanks to lava flows. Can adjust to very low water sites. Idaho state flower.
Golden Currant is a deciduous shrub with fragrant, golden yellow flowers in early spring. Small, bright green maple-like leaves with lovely fall color. Widespread in Boise foothills. Tolerates a wide variety of conditions. More information here.
Silver Buffaloberry is an attractive mid-size shrub with grey-green foliage, similar to Russian Olive. It tolerates a wide range of conditions from wet and heavy to dry soils, but to keep growth under control, give very little water. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.
This cheerful little native wildflower produces dainty blue/purple flowers on grassy foliage. It prefers rich, moist soil in spring but tolerates summer dryness. Will gradually spread, creating a little ‘meadow’.
Green’s Mountain Ash – With its white flower clusters and orange berries, this native Mountain Ash makes a great landscape shrub or small tree.Outstanding fall colors in shades of flaming red, purple, orange to yellow.These multiple-stem trees provide good cover and nesting sites for birds. Robins, waxwings, and grosbeaks find the bright red-orange berries particularly tasty.