Native Plants & Gardening for Wildlife Index
Our Pacific Northwest region is rich in diversity of native plants. This section of Rainy Side is devoted to bringing our wonderful native plants back into our gardens, to give us a new appreciation for plants we often times view as common. Whether you integrate them in with exotics in your garden or plan a native-only garden, natives will add beauty to your landscapes.
This section also features plant lists or articles about specific wildife.
A short video featuring native plants from the Pacific Northwest.
October 11, 2013
Of Rain Drums and Native Plants
What do drums, water, and native flora of the Pacific Northwest have in common?
March 20, 2013
Veratrum californicum — Proud Giants of the Lily Family
Veratrums have stalks covered with hundreds of tiny, green or white flowers.
June 21, 2012
Lesser Known Shrubs of the Klamath Mountains
This region in Southern Oregon hosts a high diversity of plants.
May 4, 2012
Going Native on the Olympic Peninsula
Indigenous plants adapt flawlessly in the garden, providing they are placed in a similar environment to where they grow in the wild.
Nectar Plants For The Pacific Northwest Hummingbird
Create a landscape of nectar-rich plants for butterflies. Not only will you enjoy their flittering about but your garden will benefit also. Here is a list of plants that provide food for the butterfly.
Many Pacific Northwest gardeners welcome the butterfly into their gardens by providing them with nectar plants. Another good way to welcome the butterfly is by providing plants to feed their hungry young. Here is a long list of host plants for the Northwest garden targeted for feeding the local caterpillars. Put away your pesticides, host your local caterpillar and watch the butterflies flock to your garden to feed and lay their eggs.
The reasons to choose natives in the Pacific Northwest, are as varied as the gardeners who grow them.
Another Look at Red Alder
You might think this is a weed tree, but take a closer look, Red alder may surprise you.
Native Plant Gallery and Growing Guide
A comprehensive growing guide for over 50 Northwest native plants.
Resources for Gardening With Native Plants