Low-maintenance landscapes have become higher in demand as our lives and hobbies have changed, while the expectation for a great looking lawn and garden has stayed the same. Hiring a landscape maintenance service may be an option for some, and pesticides and herbicides seem to promise a relatively quick and cheap solution for the busy DIYer. But there’s a third way: use native plants.
Native plants are naturally adjusted to thrive in the Oregon climate with minimal help from people – meaning less water, less fertilizer, less bug and weed control measures, and ultimately, less maintenance.
This is the Pacific Coast Iris. It is ridiculously gorgeous and also native to Oregon!
The Benefits of a Native Landscape
There are quite a few Oregon native perennials, trees, shrubs, and ground covers that have the ability to really knock your socks off.
Benefits of using native plants in your landscape design include:
- Less maintenance
- Supports wildlife
- Saves money by needing little watering or maintenance when planted well
- Naturally reduces the use of pesticides and fertilizers – native plants have developed their own defenses against many pests and diseases
- Gets your space closer to being a Backyard Certified Wildlife Habitat
A Few Examples of Landscape Plants Native to Oregon
Here are just a few of the Oregon native plants that can add some definite beauty to your landscape with minimal extra maintenance.
Cornus nuttallii (Pacific Dogwood)
Sedum oreganum (Oregon Stonecrop)
Ribes aureum var. aureum (Golden Currant)
These are just a few of the show stoppers that provide a low-maintenance solution while still giving a landscape curb appeal. This website provides a vast native plant list to really delve into and find some incredible plants you’ll love.
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