Northwest Native Plants 10 Ideabooks

Long admired in the British Isles for their chubby racemes of bright flowers appearing in late winter to early spring, flowering currants (Ribes sanguineum) are now gaining the appreciation they deserve in West Coast gardens. Flowering currants are popular native plants in the Pacific Northwest, not only...
Great Design Plant: Color Outside the Lines With Harebell
There are seemingly endless choices of plants available in the Campanula genus, but few have the resiliency and native range to compete with harebell. Harebell is found in so many unique places; go hiking in the mountains in southern Colorado or...
Great Design Plant: Ceanothus Pleases With Nectar and Fragrant Blooms
The evergreen wild lilac (Ceanothus sp) is one of a handful of distinctive and iconic plants native to the U.S. West Coast. Nearly impossible to grow outside of California, Oregon and Washington, it thrives where summers are hot and dry and...
Great Design Plant: Wild Hyacinth for a Bolt of Blue
Chances are, you and most of your friends haven’t experimented yet with growing wild hyacinth (also commonly called camas lily). It isn’t widely grown, but it deserves to be. Gorgeous blue spikes appear on tall stems in late spring after the daffodils...
Great Design Plant: Quaking Aspen for 3-Season Beauty — on Its Own Turf
If you've seen groves of quaking aspen in the wild in full fall glory, your likely question is, "Can I grow them at home?" The quick answer is yes, if you live where the trees grow naturally. If not, growing an aspen in a home garden is almost as difficult...
Great Design Plant: Western Bleeding Heart
There is something magical about taking a woodland walk, especially in spring. It's the time to rediscover the native treasures of our landscape. Late March sees Western bleeding heart pushing up through the leaf litter in my own woodland, increasing...
Great Design Plant: Vine Maple
Whether you are looking for a well-behaved, smaller-size ornamental tree, wish to add some height to a native planting area, want to inject some great fall color and winter interest into your garden or just love something different, the Pacific Northwest...
Great Design Plant: Golden Currant
Found naturally across much of the United States and Canada, golden currant (Ribes aureum) occurs in many diverse habitats: prairies, stream banks edges, foothills, ponderosa pine forests and shrublands of sagebrush. Historically, several...
Great Design Plant: Pacific Coast Iris
For Seattle landscape designer Gregory Smaus, appreciation for the Pacific Coast iris began while hiking in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. "I was astounded that these large specimen flowers were part of the native flora," he writes. Now it inspires...
Great Design Plant: Redtwig Dogwood
Every spring I find myself amazed and surprised by the new growth and rebirth that occurs on the same deciduous plants I was certain had been dead long since winter began. Pass a redtwig dogwood (Cornus sericea) in January, and any lingering doubt...
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