Believe it or not right now is a great time to add native plants to your yard. They can settle in, enjoy the fall rains and be ready to take off when spring arrives.
Pictured here is Oregon Grape, a hardy evergreen Northwest native plant that is great for landscaping. I just planted 3 in our yard’s native plant beds, in addition to the many we already grow. It has spiky evergreen leaves that change color, edible berries and pretty yellow flowers. It is also Oregon's state flower! There are several varieties, one of which thrives in dry sunny conditions, so once established you don't need to water it.
Natives plants are a natural choice for your yard-- they require very little care, help support and attract wildlife, and are beautiful. If you are in the Portland area and want to learn more about including native plants in your yard, check out the Backyard Habitat program. This program is creating a healthy wildlife corridor in our city. They offer info and advice, a certification program and host low cost native plant sales.
Looking for a way to make change and support the environment? Start in your own backyard!