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Know Your Site

Learn all you can about your intended site, and work with the conditions you have rather than trying to change them. 

Is it sunny, shady, dry, moist?  What kind of soil does it have?

Find plants that grow in similar conditions in the wild.

Native plants for dry sites

Arrowleaf balsamroot, Balsamorhiza sagittata

Russet buffaloberry, Soopolallie, Shepherdia canadensis

Western mountain-ash, Sorbus sitchensis

Buckbrush, Ceanothus velutinus

Lewis's mock-orange, Philadelphus lewisii

Saskatoon, Amelanchier alnifolia

Wild roses, Rosa sp.

Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana

Oregon-grape, Mahonia, Mahonia aquifolium

Native plants for wet/damp sites

Red-osier dogwood, Cornus sericea

Twinberry, Lonicera involucrata

Willows, Salix sp.

Alders, Alnus sp.

Easiest to grow native plants

Red osier dogwood