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Sound Native Plants



Profiles the characteristics of a different native plant each month, both common and rare


Species descriptions, plant lists, current availability,prices, and ordering information


Landscape contracting services, slope stabilization examples, and project photos


Planning, design and permitting for wetlands,streams, and sensitive habitats


Workshops and lectures for homeowners and continuing education for professionals



Find ideas for using native plants instead of cultivars in your landscape, with side-by-side examples

Recent News and Notes

Cornus unalaschkensis – Bunchberry

Plant of the Month Cornus unalaschkensis – Bunchberry Bunchberry is the smallest member of the dogwood family. A perennial trailing groundcover with 4 to 6 whorled leaves, bunchberry spreads rhizomatously along the forest floor. It prefers to grow in shade on a thick layer of woody duff in the moist forests or bogs of the […]

SNP no longer accepting used pots

For years we’ve accepted used pots from the community, and washed and reused them. Sadly, we must now discontinue this service, for two reasons. First, we have grown increasingly concerned about the role of nurseries in spreading potentially disastrous plant pathogens. For example, sudden oak death was introduced into the Pacific Northwest by a nursery […]

Garry oak – Quercus garryana

Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak or Oregon white oak, is the only oak native to Washington, ranging from California to British Colombia. It has lobed, deciduous leaves, and greenish-yellow flowers which appear in separate male and female catkins. First peoples traditionally used the acorns for food, eating them roasted or treating them using various methods to remove the […]

Jasmine Doughty's Illustration of Mock Orange

Salmonberry – Rubus spectabilis

Plant of the Month Rubus spectabilis Salmonberry Salmonberry is a deciduous shrub in the rose family. This shrub is one of the earliest to flower, and its vivid magenta blossoms can be observed right now. It has fine prickles along its woody stems, trifoliate, toothed leaves, and edible berries. The edible fruits are delicate and […]