Vancouveria hexandra, commonly known as American barrenwort, is an attractive, easy-care groundcover, Its leaves form a mat 6 to 8 inches tall.
Read a little about some of our favorite native plants suitable for home gardens. These perennials, ferns, grasses, shrubs and trees are all native to coastal Washington, Oregon, Northern California and British Columbia, west of the Cascade Mountains.
Cornus Canadensis, more commonly know as bunchberry, is a delicate jewel for a shady, damp area of the garden.
Looking for an all-season-interest ground cover that's ready for a variety of situations? Arctostaphyllos ura-ursi, commonly known as kinnikinnick, may just be that plant.
A beautiful groundcover and rock garden plant, Sedum oreganum has tight rosettes of shiny, succulent, green leaves, reminiscent of a tiny jade plant.
Pacific waterleaf, Hydrophyllum tenuipes, is a deciduous perennial native to British Columbia and as far south as Northern California.
In the wild, Oxalis oregana, redwood sorrel, is found in moist Douglas fir and Coastal redwood forests in the Cascade, Olympic and Coast Mountains, from Southern British Columbia to...
Achlys triphylla, commonly called vanilla leaf. is found from British Columbia to Northern California. It prefers moist shaded sites in forest openings and along streambeds.
There are several specimens of Lonicera involucrata, commonly known as black twinberry or twinberry honeysuckle, growing in the Buck Lake Native Plant Garden.
Myrica californica, commonly known as California or Pacific wax myrtle, is native to most of the California, Oregon and Washington coasts and as far north as Vancouver Island.
Mahonia nervosa is commonly called Cascade Oregon grape. It is an evergreen suckering shrub, growing slowly to about 2 feet tall and wide.
Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, with its small, glossy, dark, green leaves and new shoots tinged with bronze, is a tough, but well behaved, addition to the native garden.
Spirea douglasii is commonly known as hardhack or Douglas spirea. It is a deciduous shrub 4 - 6 feet tall, often forming large thickets.
Oemleria cerasiformis, commonly called Indian plum or osoberry, is a large deciduous shrub, growing to 12'-18' tall and 10'-14' wide.
The native mock orange, Philadelphus lewisii, blooms in mid to late June in the Buck Lake Native Plant Garden.
Holodiscus discolor, commonly called oceanspray, because of its frothy pendants of white flowers, is a deciduous shrub found in the wild from southern British Columbia into California.
As you enter the Buck Lake Native Plant Garden from the north entrance and walk the main path, you will see the shiny holly-like leaves of tall Oregon grape, Mahonia aquifolium.
Pacific ninebark, Physocarpus capitatus, deserves a place in any garden. It sports glossy maple-like leaves and showy puffs of white flowers in the spring.
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A tree-like shrub, Sambucas racemosa, commonly known as red elderberry, is native to much of the U.S. and Canada, where it grows in open forests, along streambanks and in moist clearings...
At the south entrance to the Buck Lake Native Plant Garden, the path is flanked on both sides by cultivars of Ribes sangiuneum, commonly known as red-flowering currant.
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Gaultheria shallon, also known as salal, is one of the most common understory plants found in forests from Alaska to Northern California.
Amelanchier alnifolia, commonly known as serviceberry, offers multi-season interest and is worthy of a place in every garden.
The beautiful shrub commonly known as silk tassel bush, Garrya elliptica, is found in the coast range from southern Oregon to the middle of California.
Snowberry, or Symphoicarpus albus, is a deciduous shrub that grows up to 6' tall and can colonize an area to form a dense thicket.
Western azalea, Rhododendron occidentale, is native to Southern Oregon and Northern California, west of the Cascades, occupying a variety of habitats from streambeds to coastal bluffs.
Abundant in the foothills along the northern California coast and in small patches in southern Oregon,Cercis orbiculata, or Western redbud, puts on a stunning display in spring, when its...
Juncus patens,California gray rush, is an adaptable reed that is native to the entire west coast of the U.S.
In the wild, Camassia leichtlinii, commonly known as great camas, is found in damp mountain meadows and grasslands.
Sidalcea hendersonii, Henderson's checkered mallow, sometimes called marsh hollyhock, blooms in early summer with 1'-5' tall spikes of pink flowers.
One of 11 species of native iris collectively known as Pacific Coast iris, Douglas iris, Iris douglasiana, is native to the Oregon and California coasts, growing most often in grasslands...
For a shady woodland site, there is no better plant than false Solomon's seal, Maianthemum racemosum.
Erythronium is a genus of spring-flowering perennials, several species of which are native to the area from Northern California to British Columbia.
A star in any garden, Lilium paradalium, commonly called leopard lily, blooms in summer with gorgeous crimson blossoms 3"-4" inches across on stems 5'-7' tall.
Yellow monkeyflower, mimulus guttatus, is a colorful addition to damp areas of the garden.
Orange trumpet honeysuckle, Lonicera ciliosa, is a garden-worthy native vine, found in thickets and along creek and river banks from British Columbia to Northern California.
Pacific bleeding heart, Dicentra formosa, looks delicate with is pendulant, heart-shaped flowers and fern-like foliage, but looks are deceiving.
Riverside lupine (also known as streambank lupine), Lupinus rivularis, is common throughout Northern California, Oregon and Washington, west of the mountains.
Another beautiful Pacific Northwest wildflower, Corydalis scouleri can be grown in the home garden in a shady spot.
As the saying goes, "Good things come to those who wait." It will take some patience to introduce Dodecatheon hendersonii, commonly called Henderson's shooting star, to your garden.
One of 11 species in the group collectively called Pacific Coast iris, Iris tenex, or tough-leaf iris, will be the jewel of your garden during its May bloom.
A fragile-looking but adaptable little plant, Linnaea borealis or twinflower, is found across the Northern U.S., and through California and the Rocky Mountains (actually throughout much...
Although a common perennial, Aquilegia formosa, Western columbine, is nevertheless a beautiful addition to any garden.
Trillium ovatum, Western trillium, needs conditions of light to dappled shade and a moist, but well-drained, humus-rich soil to thrive.
Asarum caudatum, or Western wild ginger, is a pretty understory plant that thrives in moist locales on forest floors at low and middle elevations, especially beneath Douglas fir, whose...
Blechnum spicant, or deer fern as it is commonly known, prefers shady moist conditions and humas-rich soil.
Licorice fern, Polypodium glycyrrhiza, is a beautiful and unusual plant. This fern is epiphytic, so needs a moist atmosphere, where it can extract nutrients from the air.
Gymnocarpium dryopteris, more readily known as oak fern, adds a punch of apple-green to shady areas of the garden.
The ubiquitous Western sword fern, Polystichum munitum is a garden work horse.
This deciduous, often multi-trunked, tree grows between 10 to 20 feet in height and a similar width.
Our native Pacific dogwood, Cornus nuttallii. is a graceful open-branched tree.
The Buck Lake Native Plant Garden has planted a hedge of shore pines as a backdrop to a bed containing mixed shrubs and perennials.
In the wild, Acer circinatum, commonly know as vine maple, is found as an understory plant to taller trees, such as alder and Douglas fir.