PNW Native Plants
Perennials that Support Hummingbird & Butterfly Habitat

Perennials that Support Hummingbird & Butterfly Habitat

A wholesome habitat for wildlife offers more than flowers. When growing a place for hummingbirds and butterflies to find refuge, there are a few aspects to consider that will help meet all their needs. Meeting Their Needs Use shrubs, like Flowering Quince...

Must-Have Early Spring Bloomers

Must-Have Early Spring Bloomers

Though the snow puts a slight damper on our progress in the garden, it creates time to dream about our favorite part of the garden that will soon be here in abundance, and that is flowers. Take a look at your garden (after the snow melts), and ask yourself, "Could I...

Sow & Plant Now! – PNW Native Wildflower Seed, Mixes and Bulbs

Sow & Plant Now! – PNW Native Wildflower Seed, Mixes and Bulbs

Why Grow Native Flowers from Seed? Native pollinators prefer native plants, and one of the easiest and least expensive ways to improve pollinator habitat is to plant native wildflowers from seed and bulbs. These re-seeding annuals and perennials provide pollen and...

Our Favorite Native Water Plants

Our Favorite Native Water Plants

The broad array of aquatic and semi-aquatic plants we can grow in the Willamette Valley, and locally here in Corvallis, Oregon, includes a number of native plants. These plants are suited for tough streamside conditions, or wetland sites, but they can also be used in...

Showy Milkweed for Pollinators

Showy Milkweed for Pollinators

While all milkweed varieties are a favorite of the butterflies, the milkweed species Asclepias speciosa, commonly known as Showy milkweed, is the favored larval host plant for our local Monarch butterfly population. Feeding on milkweed makes both the caterpillars...

Notable Natives – Indian Plum

Notable Natives – Indian Plum

Oemleria cerasiformis Oso Berry or Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis) is a very early leafing and flowering shrub, reaching 10 to 12 feet tall and suckering, but usually with a wispy or delicate overall appearance. New green tips are readily visible by late January,...

Notable Natives – Snow Queen

Notable Natives – Snow Queen

Synthyris reniformis Snow Queen (Synthyris reniformis) is our first blooming native plant of the year - as early as very late January, though commonly a little bit later. Easily overlooked, Snow Queen has leaves with shallow lobes in a basal rosette most of the year....

Winter Blooming Native – Coast Silk Tassel

Winter Blooming Native – Coast Silk Tassel

Garrya elliptica, coast silk tassel is a striking native shrub, and unusual in several ways.  The slightly wavy, somewhat glossy leaves resemble camellia leaves - and like camellias, silk tassels are evergreen.  Coast silk tassel is particularly notable in the winter,...