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Landscaping with Natives

A neighborhood park landscaped with natives including snowberry, thimbleberry, tall Oregon grape and nootka rose
Native landscaping

Most landscaping needs can be fulfilled with native plants instead of non-native ornamental species. Planting native plants enhances wildlife habitat, reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and preserves the native gene pool. As Aldo Leopold astutely observed, “to keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.” Native plants tend to be disease resistant and low maintenance. Explore the links below for examples of native plants used in the landscape, in place of common ornamentals.

Examples of alternatives to widely used non-native plants:Categories of native plants for landscaping:
Evergreen hedgesConifer trees for sun
Deciduous screeningConifer trees for shade
Evergreen groundcoversBroadleaf trees for sun
Evergreen shrubsBroadleaf trees for shade
Specimen shrubsGroundcovers for sun
Foliage treesGroundcovers for shade
Fast-spreading groundcoversFlowering perennials for sun
Flowering shrubsFlowering perennials for shade