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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

SNP featured in Spokesman-Review

Sound Native Plants was featured along with several other Western Washington growers in a Spokesman-Review story on trends in the nursery trade. We took the opportunity to promote restoration of native species.

King County cottonwood study

King County recently published a 2-year study evaluating the effects of spraying grass versus irrigating on cottonwood live stake survival in a sunny, sandy loam site. The thought-provoking study found no benefit from applying one gallon of water per plant 5-6 times per season, but the grass-spray treatment had a positive effect. On this site, […]

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 […]