Best Native Plants for Boulevard Gardens

When choosing plants for harsh site conditions, look for...
  • drought tolerance: deep roots, silvery and/or hairy leaves
  • salt/pollution tolerance
  • native to area
  • suitable to your soil (clay/loam/sand)


Most drought tolerant perennials grow in sunny locations and it is important to understand how light conditions are classified.

  • Full sun – plants require at least 6 hours of direct, late-morning/afternoon sun

  • Partial shade – plants need 3 to 6 hours of morning or afternoon sun, but should be shaded from the hot, midday sun.

  • Full Shade – plants can thrive with less than 3 hours of sun. A bright location that receives no direct sun would be classified as full shade.


Native Plants for Pollinators, Credit Valley Conservation

Drought Tolerant Perennials: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide Toronto Master Gardeners

Blooming Boulevards​ uses locally-sourced seeds of native perennials for our boulevard pollinator gardens. Most withstand drought and salt. The wide variety of plant species we grow may vary from year to year and are included in those listed below. They are arranged in order of bloom time, spring to fall. Please click image for  more detailed information.

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Bigleaf Geranium

Geranium maculatum - Low bushy 30 cm H; groundcover; neat mounding border plant; shade/part shade/sun; spring bloom.

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