Native plants are a great way to beautify your yard, pollinator garden, or hedgerow! While wintertime may seem gloomy, the promise of a new growing season is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to set your plans into motion. Several of our local area soil and water conservation districts offer native tree, shrub, and plants for sale each year.
Why are native plants an excellent addition to your landscape?
- Create habitat to support native wildlife including pollinators and beneficial insects
- Require little to no water after they are established besides good, old Oregon rain
- Environmentally friendly and require less work for the homeowner
- Grow happily and heartily in their native soil, reducing the need for pesticides and fertilizers
There are a wide variety of local, native plant species ideal for the Willamette Valley. Many are readily available for a great price from the following soil and water conservation districts.
Due to Covid-19, East Multnomah SWCD has cancelled their 2022 native plant sales. You may have to drive a little farther, but the following SWCDs are still offering native plants.
Marian SWCD – Save the date! Online ordering will be available between January 5th and February 21st. Pick up orders at Bauman’s Farm, 12989 Howell Prairie Rd., NE, Gervais, OR on Friday or Saturday, March 11th or 12th.
Yamhill SWCD – Mark your calendars! Online pre-orders begin January 1, 2022. Pick up orders and/or shop the in-person plant sale will be held on February 11th and 12th, 2022 at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center located at 11275 SW Durham Lane in McMinnville.
Clark Conservation District (WA) – Online pre-ordering is open now. Pick up orders at 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie, WA, on Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at your selected pick-up time.
Benton SWCD– Online ordering is open now and closes December 31, 2021 or until all plants are sold. Pick up orders at Davis Family Farm, 4380 NE Highway 20, Corvallis, OR on February 4, 5, and 7, 2022.
Want 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. These natives will thrive here in the Pacific Northwest and will provide valuable habitat for our native wildlife, including pollinators.
Check out 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 (but not in standing water) until planting.
- Plant as soon as possible and water well. The advantage of winter planting is that the roots have a chance to establish before the hot, summer weather hits.
- For bare root plants, make sure that the crown (the area where the stem joins the roots) is at the soil level.
- Dig a large enough hole to ensure that roots are not bent back upwards.
- When planting a potted plant, make sure the crown is at the soil level, loosen the root ball so the plant’s roots will grow into the surrounding soil, and make sure the hole is at least half again the size of the root ball.
- Plan on watering plants throughout the first summer, and often if it is a particularly hot or dry season.