Landscaping with Native Plants

Large Red Flowering Currant

Large Red Flowering Currant

Welcome wildlife into your yard with a beautiful native plant garden! Landscaping with native species creates wildlife habitat, conserves water and reduces the need for pesticides and fertilizers that can pollute our local waterways. Songbirds, bumble bees, butterflies and a host of beneficial bugs attracted to native gardens can be a delight to watch and helpful in fighting non-beneficial insects, pollinating food crops and improving the soil. Because native plants are well-adapted to our climate they are able to thrive once established with minimal input. As always, it’s crucial to put the right plant in the appropriate place suited to its needs (e.g. shade, soil moisture, etc.) and to provide enough space for a plant that likes to spread.

One of the best native plant booklets is Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards.  Another good list of native plants is the Portland Plant List. And check out our website library for a whole lot more information on using native plants. Contact us if you have a group of 20 or more that would like to schedule a presentation on Landscaping with Native Plants.

If you are interested in a native plant plan for your property that’s under one acre in size, consider signing up for the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.

We are pleased to announce the completion of the area’s first publication on meadowscaping, The Meadowscaping Handbook: Designing, Planting and Managing an Urban Meadow! It was compiled as part of a collective effort by the Pacific Northwest Urban Meadowscaping working group and includes the data on local prairie research and the experiences of regional ecologists and landscape professionals.  Click here to order a copy of The Meadowscaping Handbook (while supplies last).




Native Species Spotlight-Pacific ninebark

Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus) is a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family and native to the Pacific Northwest. The shrub is erect, but it can spread, and typically grows 8-10 feet tall and 4-7 feet […]

Pollinator Monitoring Community Science Program

The District encourages pollinator conservation by helping residents grow vibrant pollinator habitat on their land. Read more on our Planting for Pollinators and Pacific Northwest Urban Meadowscaping pages. To help you learn more about pollinator habitat […]

Small Trillium
Oregon Wildflower App Available

The Oregon Flora Project ( in partnership with the Botany & Plant Pathology Department at Oregon State University and High Country Apps have partnered to produce the new Oregon Wildflowers plant identification app for mobile […]