Choosing Hardy Native Plants for Your Garden
Late spring is a great time to plant new landscape plants. Local nurseries have many types of plants in-stock, so it should be easy to find the right plants to fill in that hole in the landscape or plant a whole new area. OSU Extension Service Community & Urban Horticulturist Weston Miller shared how your garden will benefit if, when choosing new landscape plants, you look for plants that are both drought resistant and pest resistant to get the most out of your new plants. Plants that are native to the Northwest grow well because they are adapted to the soil and climate conditions of our area. Native plants also provide habitat for beneficial insects and songbirds and can also be beautiful.
o Some great evergreen native shrubs include: Oregon grape, Pacific wax myrtle, evergreen huckleberry and ceanothus. Attractive native deciduous shrubs include red flowering currant, Pacific ninebark, mock orange, and native viburnum. Kinnickinnick and spreading ceanothus are nice native ground covers.
Regardless of what plants you choose, successful establishment of new plants begins with proper soil preparation and irrigation. Make sure that you have good drainage. Use raised beds if you are in doubt of your soil texture. Other tips:
o Prepare the soil by putting 4-6 inches of compost on the soil surface. Add the compost with a digging fork or garden spade. Dig the compost into the soil throughout the planting area and not just in the planting hole.
For any gardening or landscaping question, contact local Master Gardener volunteers. Master Gardeners are trained by OSU Extension service to help answer the public’s questions about sustainable gardening. To find your local Master Gardeners click here.