The Native Garden in Spring

Spring in the native garden has impressed us with beautiful colors and nourished our native insects in the early season months.

Right to left: thrift seapink (Armeria maritima), Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) and subalpine spirea (Spiraea densiflora)

Indian rhubarb (Darmera peltata) blooming at the base of the waterfall. Leafless flower stems rise up and bloom branched clusters of star-shaped pinkish-white flowers. Giant leaves, up to 24 inches across, grow in an attractive mound and turn red in fall.

The elegant structure of skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus). A stout, tropical looking perennial that seems like it is anything but native!
Flies and beetles are drawn in by (yes indeed!) the skunk odor of the flowers, and pollinate the plant.

Seablush (Plectritis congesta) is a native annual. Seed was sown in fall of 2017 and has reseeded into attractive showy patches in the garden. These blush pink flowers attract many pollinators!

 

The snow queen of spring (Synthyris reniformis) is a dainty delight in the garden, one of the first to show her soft purples (above photo).

 

 

The elegant fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum) beginning to colonize and flourish with its unique mottled leaves (above photo).

And there’s more coming into their season every day! Buckwheat, checker mallow, iris and lupine.

Come check out our native plant selection as we just got new stock in, and admire the native garden this weekend!