Native plants are growing in popularity thanks to their beauty, adaptability and value to wildlife. Metro natural gardening specialist Carl Grimm showed us what to plant.
Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soils. They’ll also never become invasive in our local natural areas like English ivy and Himalayan blackberry did after they escaped from home gardens long ago. Best of all, native plants support local wildlife like few other plants can. Many butterflies depend on specific native plants for food when they are caterpillars, and beautiful beneficial birds, bees and other bugs use natives for food and shelter.
“Native” means from around here: the more local the better
Always remember – “Right plant, right place”
Trees for shade and nesting spots
Shrubs for shelter, nectar and fruit
Annuals and perennials for beauty and bounty
Get your free copy of the new Native plants for Willamette Valley yards booklet today!
Buy native plants at local nurseries, at the Friends of Tualatin Hills Nature Park Fall Native Plant Sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5. Or check out the Tryon Creek Watershed Council’s Two Dollar Native Plant Sale.