It’s Time to Order Native Plants for 2016!


Trillium is a native woodland favorite.

Winter 2015-2016 native plant sales are underway at numerous locations surrounding Clackamas County. While the Clackamas SWCD does not host a sale each year, local citizens are able to purchase great plants at a terrific price from the following organizations:

Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District

Tryon Creek Watershed Council

Polk Soil & Water Conservation District

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

Please note:  This list is not exhaustive, so please check for other native plant sales in the area. Additionally, there are many native plant nurseries that would be more than happy to help you.

Wanting to learn more about which native plants are right for your property? The following guides provide excellent information on trees, shrubs, and ground cover for native plants that will not only thrive here in the Pacific Northwest, but will also provide valuable habitat for our native wildlife, including pollinators.

Landscaping with Pacific Northwest Native Plants

Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards

Coyote bush is hardy, drought tolerant, and blooms in the winter.

Coyote bush is hardy, drought tolerant, and blooms in the winter.

Our colleagues over at Polk SWCD share these quick tips for planting success:

  • Match each plant to a specific location on your property according to sunlight, moisture, and drainage.
  • Keep the roots moist (not in standing water) until planting.
  • Plant the plants (and give them a good water) in February so that the roots have a chance to establish before the warm weather hits.
  • For bare root plants: make sure that the crown is at the soil level and the hole is big enough that roots are not bent back upwards.
  • For container plants: make sure the crown is at the soil level, loosen soil below and on the sides of the hole, and loosen the root ball so the plant doesn’t become root-bound after planting.
  • Plan on watering plants throughout the first summer, and often if it is a particularly hot or dry season.


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