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Salish Sea gardens and landscapes

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My landscape approach is inspired by West Coast native xeric landscapes such as Garry Oak savannas, eastern Washington shrub-steppe, and California chaparral.  Combining Pacific coast native plants with ornamentals like palms, succulents, jasmines, salvias, and Mediterranean plants adds interest.

West Coast native lanscape plants I grow include Clinopodium douglasii (yerba buena); Tritellia/Brodiaea star flowers; Camas; Douglas/Oregon/Pacific hybrid Iris; Erigeron seaside daisies; Eriogonum nudum ‘Ella Nelson’s Yellow’ buckwheat; Arctostaphylos (Manzanita); Arbutus menziesii (madrone); Ceanothus (California lilac); Ribes sanguineum (red-flowering currant); Evergreen huckleberry; Garrya elliptica (coast silk tassel); Garry Oak; Ponderosa pine; Umbellularia californica (California Bay Laurel/Oregon Myrtle); Clarkia annuals; Opuntia prickly pear cacti; Lewisia; Sedum; Sisyrinchium bellum (blue-eyed grass); Sisyrinchium Californiacum (yellow-eyed grass); Idaho/Roemer’s fescue; Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage); Epilobium canum (California fuchsia); Polyodium Californicum; Polypodium glycyrrhiza (licorice fern); and Woodwardia fimbriata giant fern.

California native plants are often easier to grow in a full-sun urban area compared to our more common forest native plants. Numerous California natives are also native to Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. In Seattle, California natives take full sun/heat and don’t require any summer water. They’re often floriferous, fragrant, and attract hummingbirds. Plenty of sun and good/excellent drainage is critical to growing California native plants in Victoria, Seattle, Tacoma, or Portland.

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