Thursday, May 7, 2015

PNW Native Plants: Beautiful and Sustainable!


The longer I garden here in the Puget Sound (37 years and counting...my how time flies), the more I have come to know and love plants that are native to this region.   So many of them have features that are beautiful in all 4 seasons of the year, thrive in multiple types of soil and sun conditions, and require little pruning to keep their structure pleasing and well-suited for a typical-size garden. Here are a few of my favorites:

Red-twig Dogwood thrives in so many different garden conditions, from sunny and dry to moist and partly-shaded. Here it is in my parking strip in early fall, as its leaves begin to turn brilliant colors while it's still in flower and fruit!


Evergreen Huckleberry also thrives in sun or part-shade, with a reddish tinge to it new leaves and winter foliage, plus tasty berries for you and the birds every fall!
Sword Fern is such an under-rated plant!  It thrives in multiple garden conditions too, and when it matures into its  4ft x 4ft glory, it gives an almost-tropical touch to your garden.  Fringe Cups (Tellima grandiflora) is one of our many native perennials that Hummingbirds love to visit!
Low Oregon Grape (Mahonia nervosa) is an evergreen that blooms each March with beautiful fragrant yellow spires, then produces berries for the birds.  Once its roots are established it will even grow in dry shade!
Wild Ginger (Asarum rubrum) thrives in moist shade (which I have a lot of in my garden), and its semi-evergreen foliage and deep red flowers smell just like tropical ginger
Want to learn more?  
Join me at my next class for the UW Botanic Garden: "Native Splendor in the Garden"

Class Description:
Many of our native plants have very ornamental branch structures, flowers, leaves, and berries, making them ideal for incorporating into an established landscape or using as the foundation for a new garden. Native plants are already adapted to our wet winter/dry summer climate and acidic soils, and do not require much fertilizer or supplemental water once established. Adding native plants to your landscape is a great way to increase its year-round beauty without increasing the amount of time and resources you use to maintain it.

This class will provide you with tips for determining which native plants will fit best into your landscape, which plants will also attract birds and beneficial insects to provide natural pest control in your garden, and planting methods for bare-root or containerized natives.

The class will include an indoor presentation with live plants and samples, plus an outdoor tour of mature native plants at the Center for Urban Horticulture!

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 6:30 – 8pm
Where: UW Botanic Gardens - Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom (3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105)
Contact Information: 206.685.8033 or urbhort@uw.edu
Cost: $20.00

Register Online, or by phone (206-685-8033)