Find Garden Inspiration in Nature
A hike on Mt Hood reveals some lovely native plant combinations
Most people think of native plants as being politically correct but not exactly drop-dead gorgeous.
But Pacific Northwest native plants can be absolutely lush and stunning when provided with the proper growing conditions. As with any plant native to anywhere in the world, there are fussy PNW natives and easy-going, adaptable natives. But what’s "fussy" in my hot, dry back yard might be easy-going in your forested woodland garden – and vice-versa. So here’s a brief slideshow of natives I saw on a recent hike up McNeil Point on Mt. Hood – and where they can be planted to maximize the lusciousness factor.