The Best Flowers and Plants for Calgary Gardens

The Best Flowers and Plants for Calgary Gardens

Calgary boasts a unique semi-arid climate with fluctuating temperatures so how do you know the right flowers and plants for your garden? Here are some top choices that thrive in Calgary's conditions:

Hardy Perennials

Unpredictable weather calls for resilient plants, and hardy perennials fit the bill perfectly. Look for varieties like Echinacea, Black-eyed Susan, and Sedum as they’ll withstand Calgary's cold winters and hot summers with ease, providing vibrant blooms year after year.

Native Plants

Embracing native plants supports the local ecosystem and will be adapted to the climate which needs less water and maintenance. Some of Calgary’s native plants are Gaillardia (Blanket Flower), Lupine, and Prairie Smoke.

Drought-Tolerant Succulents

More and more, water conservation is crucial, but that doesn’t mean a garden doesn’t have to look barren. Drought-tolerant succulents like Sempervivum, Agave, and Sedum can add texture while reducing water consumption. 

Cold-Hardy Roses

Despite the harsh winters, roses can thrive with the right care and selection. Look for cold-hardy varieties such as the Canadian Explorer Series, Parkland Series, and Morden Blush, which can withstand Calgary's cold temperatures while still producing beautiful blooms.

Alpine Plants

Calgary shares similarities with alpine climates so alpine plants like Lewisia, Alpine Aster, and Alpine Forget-Me-Not can add a touch of mountain charm to your garden.


Culinary herbs like thyme, sage, and lavender adds fragrance and flavour to your garden and thrive in Calgary's climate. Their ability to withstand drought and fluctuating temperatures makes them an excellent choice for Calgary gardeners.

By selecting the right flowers and plants for Calgary's unique climate, you can create a vibrant and flourishing garden that thrives despite the challenges of the region. Whether you prefer vibrant perennials, native species, or water-wise succulents, there's a wide variety of options to suit every taste and style. With proper care and attention, your Calgary garden can be a beautiful oasis for years to come.

CREB Report

April saw a seven percent increase in sales compared to the previous year, reaching a total of 2,881 units. Although the rate of growth slowed compared to earlier months, sales remained significantly above the long-term average for April, with a 37 percent increase. The surge in sales predominantly involved more affordable, higher-density products.

Simultaneously, April witnessed 3,491 new listings, marking an 11 percent rise from the previous year, but only a three percent increase compared to long-term trends. The increase in listings helped stabilize inventory levels, preventing further decline. However, with 2,711 units in inventory, levels were still 16 percent lower than the previous year and half of what is typically observed in April.

Ann-Marie Lurie, Chief Economist at CREB®, noted, "While supply levels continue to dwindle, much of the decrease is attributed to lower-priced homes, which experienced a 29 percent decline. Conversely, there is a noticeable uptick in supply for homes priced above $700,000. Persistently high-interest rates are steering demand towards more affordable options while simultaneously boosting listings for higher-priced properties."

The market continued to favour sellers, evident in the sales-to-new-listings ratio of 83 percent and a months-of-supply figure of less than one month. Consequently, prices continued to climb, with the unadjusted total residential benchmark price reaching $603,700 in April, marking a one percent increase from the previous month and nearly a 10 percent surge from the previous year. This price growth was observed across all property types and districts, with the most significant increases occurring in the more affordable areas of the city.


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