My Top Five Native Plant Picks For Your Pacific Northwest Garden

Hello all fellow garden friends, if you love to garden like I do, then I hope you will love my top PNW native plant picks for 2019.

1. Oregon Grapeholly

Oregon-Grapeholly
One of the finest flowering shrubs, Oregon grapeholly offers beautiful evergreen foliage. In spring, it bears clusters of golden-yellow blooms that are followed by blue fruits loved by birds.

Name: Mahonia aquifolium Growing Conditions: Full shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 6-9

2. Tufted Hairgrass

Tufted-Hairgrass

One of the more elegant ornamental grasses, tufted hairgrass offers soft, fine-textured, green foliage. It makes a great backdrop for other drought-tolerant perennials such as coneflowers and black-eyed Susans.

Name: Deschampsia caespitosa Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil, Size: 3-4 feet tall, Zones: 4-9

3. Miniature Hollyhock

Miniature Hollyhock

Resembling its taller cousin, this miniature plant is beautiful in the middle of the border or as a cut flower. The blooms appear in shades of pink, red, and lavender. One of my favorite selections is ‘Brilliant’, a variety with lipstick-red flowers.

Name: Sidalcea oregana Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones 4-9

4. Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern or Hard Fern)

Blechnum-spicant

A fine evergreen native fern, reaching heights of only 12-24.”

The low-growing sterile fronds spread horizontally from a basal tuft, while the fertile fronds are thin and deciduous and grow erect, directly from the center of the clump. The specimen at lower right growing in a private garden in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is a fine mature example of this growth habit.

A fine native fern, it is found from Alaska to California and inland to Idaho, USDA zones 4-8. It likes moist, acidic soil.

The young leaves of this fern were chewed by Hesquiat hunters and travelers as a hunger suppressant.

The common name may reflect the fact that this plant is an important browse for deer and elk. It may also be traced to a Native belief that Deer Fern has medicinal properties, knowledge gleaned from observing deer rub their heads against the plant after they lose their antlers.

5. Tsuga mertensiana (Mountain Hemlock)

Tsuga-mertensiana

An outstanding, very slow growing, beautiful small evergreen, 10 – 20 ft, native to the high mountains.

Grayish-green foliage, often glaucous.

Ideal for SMALL gardens, bonsai.

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HAPPY GARDENING,

Tamara xo