Shrub Recommendations/Photos for Zone 2-3

Leandra7(z3a in GP, AB)July 19, 2014

Having recently moved to an acreage in Grande Prairie (Zone 2b-3a) from BC (Zone 7a-8b), I am wondering if you have any recommendations for hardy shrubs you wouldn't mind sharing (photos would be a bonus). I have several areas I would like to plant with shrubs and trees; some exposed, some foundational around the house.
I have inherited several perennial gardens (chok-a-block with weeds which I have largely gotten rid of) but I would like to have a more easy maintenance approach with shrubs, and probably keep just one perennial garden bed in front of the house. I have mostly been maintaining the present landscaping for the past year that I have been here, reading Lois Hole's books, reading over many entries here, and observing and talking to gardeners around here. I love gardening and am enthusiastic to revamp this place but want to go at it with some foresight.
Appreciate any thoughts you'd have to share.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

You might want to post this in the far north forum.
WOW..that's a HUGE downhill jump from zone 8 but day's are long and sunny in Alberta, hope you'll like it.

For a start,.. Lilac, Dogwood & Mockorange.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 11:19PM
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Sherwood Botsford(3a)

Redosier dogwood
Willows -- flame, and arctic blue in particular.
High bush and low bush cranberry
Canada buffaloberry
Sea buckthorn
Wolf willow
Native chokecherry
Native pincherry
Green Alder
Lilacs -- vulgaris and villosa cultivars. S. paliban and S. reticulata may not be hardy there.
Ussurian Pear
Hawthorn
Blueberries
Raspberries -- souris and double delight. Mulch in winter.
Snowberry
Mountain ash. (prune as a shrub)
Red elderberry
Wild rose
Rugosa roses.
Gooseberry
Black current.
Mugo pine.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2014 at 7:51PM
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Leandra7(z3a in GP, AB)

Thank you SO MUCH for the advice. Now, to put it into practice!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2014 at 8:08AM
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