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Prairie oasis

A Saskatoon gardener tackles the challenge of creating a garden on beach sand, with limited water and Zone 2 conditions

Best shrubs

Saskatoon berry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
Best cultivars include 'Honeywood', 'Martin', 'Northline', 'Smoky' and 'Thiessen'. Full sun to part shade. 2 to 3 m high x 1 m wide

Peashrub (Caragana spp.)
'Globosa' Russian peashrub (C. frutex 'Globosa') doesn't flower, no pruning needed; C. pygmaea is a flowering, spikier form.

'Lorbergii' Siberian pea tree (C. arborescens 'Lorbergii')
Grown on its own roots, it makes a good groundcover. Full sun to part shade. 1 m x 1 m

Hedge cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lucidus)
As an unpruned specimen shrub, it's less susceptible to fireblight and silverleaf. Full sun to part shade. 2 m x 1.5 m

'Zempin' wolf willow a.k.a. silverberry (Elaeagnus commutata 'Zempin')
Silver foliage. Suckers much less than the species. Full sun. 2 to 3 m x 2 m

Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
Drought- and salt- tolerant; narrow, silver leaves, stout thorns, orange fruit high in vitamin C. Male and female plants needed for fruit. Suckers extensively if roots are wounded. Full sun. 4 m x 4 m

Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)
Cultivars resistant to witch's broom: 'Flamingo' (pink flowers), 'Cameo' (white flowers) and 'Honeyrose' (rosy red flowers). Sun or shade. 1.5 to 2.5 m x 2 m

'Blizzard' mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii 'Blizzard')
Planted in a corner and neglected for two drought-stricken years, Sara's burst into bloom last summer. Full sun to part shade. 1.8 m x 1.8 m

'Diablo' ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo')
Deep purple leaves, creamy white flowers, deep salmon pink to burgundy seed pods. Full sun. 2 m x 1.5 m

Pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)
White flowers followed by edible red fruit; golden orange fall colour. Suckers. 'Jumping Pound' is an outstanding weeping cultivar. Full sun to part shade. 3 m x 3 m

Purpleleaf sand cherry (P. x cistena)
Reddish purple foliage. In Zone 2, it generally dies back to snowline but recovers quickly. Full sun to part shade. 1 m x 60 cm

'Shubert' choke cherry (P. virginiana 'Shubert')
New leaves are green but turn purple; white flowers followed by dark purple fruit excellent for jelly. Suckering varies. Full sun. 5 m x 5 m

Native gooseberry (Ribes oxyacanthoides)
Its thin, wiry stems overlap and curve gracefully. Full sun to part shade. 1 m x 1 m

Shrub roses (Rosa spp.)
Favourites include 'Hazeldean', 'Yellow Altai' and the red-leaf rose (R. glauca). All sucker moderately, are drought-tolerant and tough. Full sun. 2 to 3 m x 2 to 3 m

European red elder (Sambucus racemosa)
White flowers followed by red fruit. Choice cultivars include 'Sutherland Gold', 'Goldenlocks' and 'Dropmore Fernleaf'. Full sun to part shade. 2 to 3 m x 2 m

Silver buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea)
Native to the Prairies. Male and female plants needed for fruit. Full sun to part shade. 3 m x 3 m

Lilac (Syringa spp.)
Favourites include 'Maiden's Blush' (pink), 'Mount Baker' (white), 'Miss Kim' (blue), 'Pocahontas' (deep violet), little-leaf lilac (rosy lilac), 'Sensation' (purple edged in white), 'Sister Justina' (white) and 'Miss Canada' (coral pink). Full sun. 4 m x 3 m

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