Native plants are adapted to our climate and naturally resistant to pests and diseases. They require less maintenance and have additional stormwater and wildlife advantages. This program will help you select native plants that achieve your habitat objectives. We recommend planting areas of your yard with a majority (more than 50%) of locally native plants from the Portland Plant List if your goal is to get certified. Great resources for selecting locally native plants include:
- Portland Plant List – City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
- Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards – Metro
- Native Plant Gardening – Oregon State University Extension
- Meadowscaping – West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District’s Pacific Northwest Urban Meadowscaping Resource
Where Can I Find Native Plants?
Local Nurseries: We live in a region that is brimming with plant nurseries. But how can you choose a great nursery? We’re here to help! By partnering with local nurseries, we aim to improve the availability of locally native plants, stop the sale of noxious weeds, and get plants that are treated with toxic neonicotinoids off the shelves.
Use our handy, interactive map below to make smart nursery choices. Click on any nursery icon to learn more about its standards and practices.
Natives Seeds: Our region also has some seed producers that focus on native species. Here are some of them:
- Adaptive Seeds
- Heritage Seedlings
- Northwest Meadowscapes
- Pro Time Lawn Seed
- Reliance Seed
- River Refuge Seed Company
- Silver Falls Seed Co.
- Steele Acres Seed
- Sunmark Nursery
- Uprising Organics
- Willamette Wildlings
Backyard Habitat Native Plant Sales: As a program participant, you’re invited to shop in our native plant sales, held each fall and spring. Only program participants are invited to shop and plants are steeply discounted. For more information check our quarterly E-news, the website, or ask your technician.
Other Local Plant Sales: Our region is rich with countless native plant sales each year. Check out each organization’s website for details.
- Audubon Society of Portland Spring Native Plant Sale
- Friends of Tryon Creek Native & Hardy Plant Sale
- East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District Native Plant Sale
- Friends of Baltimore Woods Native Plant Sale
- Sparrowhawk Native Plants
- Many neighborhood associations, watershed councils, and garden clubs host native plant sales as fundraisers. Check with your neighborhood groups for more information.
Designing With Native Plants
- King County offers an impressive selection of example landscape plans to help you design an attractive, wildlife-friendly garden.
- Attend a naturescaping or raingardens workshop with the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.
- Need more help naturescaping? Check out our directory of program affiliated Landscape Designers.
- Website Inspiration: The Meadow Project, Real Gardens Grow Natives, Bringing Nature Home