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Here are some informative books we recommend to people interested in learning about native plants. The following websites also have great information. The nurseries listed carry primarily natives. Other area nurseries not listed may also carry a selection of native plants and, if you are using a landscape contractor to install your garden, they will have access to many other wholesale nurseries that sell natives.


Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest
By Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson
Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest
By Mark Turner and Ellen Kuhlmann
Real Gardens Grow Natives
By Eileen M. Stark
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast
By Jim Pojar, Andy MacKinnon
Flora of the Pacific Northwest
By Hitchcock and Cronquist


This Gig Harbor nursery is one of the larger native plant nurseries serving the Seattle and Tacoma area. They carry a wide array of trees, shrubs, perennials and ferns. Their inventory is included online, but they suggest, if you are looking for a particular plant, you call ahead.

This is a retail and wholesale nursery, open to the public by appointment only. It is located just north of Burien.

This nursery is located on Bainbridge Island. It offers both plants and landscaping services. No business hours are listed on the website, so it is probably by appointment only. It lists a pretty extensive inventory of plants. The owner is best contacted by email.

Plantas native has two locations, one in Bellingham and one in Mt. Vernon. The days and hours open vary by location, so check the website before you go. They carry an extensive inventory of native tress, shrubs, groundcovers, grasses and perennials.

Hima Nursery has a retail location in Snohomish and a retail location in Everett. Focusing on PNW native plants, it has an extensive inventory, with availability and price listed on the website. If its native, they probably have it.

This small Shoreline nursery carries many native plants from perennials through trees. They are open 4 days a week and by appointment.

Friendly Natives is located on Bainbridge Island and is open by appointment only. It has an extensive plant inventory list and some good articles on gardening with native plants. You can make an appointment online.

An Arlington, WA nursery owned by the Stillaguamish Tribe. Banksavers carries a large inventory of native trees and shrubs, as well as herbaceous plants. They specialize in plant material used in land and shoreline restoration and sell both retail and wholesale.


WNPS promotes the appreciation and conservation of Washington's native plants and their habitats. Under "Landscaping" there are useful lists and descriptions of suitable plants for different habitats, bloom times, flower color and wildlife benefits.

This website contains 16,235 wildflower photographs by Mark Turner. Mark is a full-time nature and garden photographer and a self-trained botanist. He is the co-author of two authoritative books on PNW native plants, "Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest and "Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest," both of which are included in our list of recommended books. Obviously. the site has gorgeous photography. Like Turner's books, it is mostly about plant identification, giving brief descriptions of the plant, its habitat and in what areas of the PNW you will find it.

Pacific Horticulture is an organization dedicated to promoting gardening and environmental stewardship on the West Coast. It puts out a quarterly magazine for its members filled with great articles and photography. While not dedicated specifically to gardening with native plants, the magazine and thus the website, have quite a few good articles on the subject.

This is a really great website, containing many articles on PNW native plants, as well as great photography. The creator of the site is Dana Kelley Bresette, who holds a Masters Degree in Urban Horticulture. You will find articles on topics as diverse as how to attract hummingbirds to your garden, edible native berries and native plants for rain gardens. Really, you could read for hours!

King County has done a nice job of encouraging native plant gardening on their website. There is a lot of information on specific plants, as well as how to use them in your garden

Pictures and descriptions of individual PNW native plants, accessible by both botanical and common names. Contains cultural information on each plant.