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Sound Native Plants has been growing native plants for restoration projects since 1992, and we specialize exclusively in western Washington native plants. Every plant we grow is native to western Washington - no hybrids, cultivars, named varietals, or introduced species. We are primarily a wholesale nursery with more than 140,000 plants in production every year. Click here for information on purchasing plants. Nursery client list
Samantha Elie manages the nursery, and co-founder Ben Alexander provides overall guidance. We have many decades of combined experience working with native plants and environmental restoration. Together, we employ a comprehensive approach to growing the best native plants for restoration projects. It is a whole lot of fun and hard work.
Our plants are nursery grown from wild-collected seeds and cuttings. We never take plants from undisturbed areas and we use environmentally sensitive methods for collecting seeds and cuttings. Check out our Flickr webpage to see photographs of our plants at different growth stages as well as shots of the nursery crew in action.
- Wide selection of container-grown plants - more than 100 species
- Live stake, fascines, and bioengineering materials
- Custom/contract growing
- Seed and cutting collection
Calculating plant quantities
Our plant quantity calculator will help you figure out how many plants you need for your project.
Our Nursery Practices
Restoration sites are often tough places for plants to grow; the soil can be poor and compacted, water scarce in the summer time, and shade non-existent. Often, site conditions are different than planned and plants end up in conditions wetter or drier, sunnier or shadier, than anticipated—only the most versatile and hardy plants survive.
We choose cultural practices, types of plant stock, and species that will give you the best possible results in the field. We want your projects to succeed!
Please see the introduction to our catalog for more details on our cultural practices, types of plant stock, and the species we grow.
Print/view pdf version
It has been a long time since we published a paper catalogue, however, we still receive occasional requests for the catalogue we published in 2003, which has a lot of information on native plants and restoration projects. That catalogue described how each species typically performs in revegetation projects: how well it responds to transplanting, versatility in regard to light and soil conditions, and structure of root growth, and included a species selection guide to the best plants for various site conditions: from very wet to very dry, from full sun to shade, and from low maintenance to high. With the caveat that some of the information may be outdated and several scientific names have been changed, we make the catalogue available in PDF form for those who want it.