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Sound Native Plants

Holodiscus discolor - oceanspray

PLANT-OF-THE-MONTH

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

NURSERY

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

INSTALLATIONS & MAINTENANCE

Landscape contracting services, slope stabilization examples, and project photos

CONSULTING

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

EDUCATION

Workshops and lectures for homeowners and continuing education for professionals

Landscaping

LANDSCAPING

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

Recent News and Notes

Holodiscus discolor - oceanspray

Holodiscus discolor – Oceanspray

OCEANSPRAY Holodiscus discolor Family: Rosaceae Description: Oceanspray, also known as creambush, is an understory shrub common in the Pacific Northwest and California, from sea level to 7,000 feet. It occupies a diverse set of environments, from moist, coastal forests to arid mountains. Its can sprout from the root crown when the top is destroyed, so it recovers […]

Water parsley is a Pacific northwest native plant that grows on stream banks and in wet, shady areas

Water Parsley – Oenanthe sarmentosa

WATER PARSLEY Oenanthe sarmentosa Family: Apiaceae Water parsley occurs from Alaska to California and prefers wet, low-elevation habitats with full sun. It grows in saturated soil and can often be found in standing water or along streambanks. This preference, combined with the dense biomass this species creates aboveground, renders it useful in the context of […]

SNP live stakes outperform others

According to a new study on willow live stake planting by King County, SNP’s wild harvested live stakes outperformed smaller, nursery-grown cuttings and had an astounding 99%  survival rate and 90% cover after 3-years, with absolutely no site preparation or maintenance. You can see the study summary here – in the study, the largest sized stakes were […]

Bunchberry

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 […]