Regions / Western Oregon
Selecting plants suited to the Western Oregon region is a key step to success.
A plant's performance is governed by many climate related factors including the length of the growing season, the amount of rainfall, winter lows, summer highs, wind or humidity. Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones). A more sophisticated approach has been followed by Sunset which defines Climate Zone Maps based not only on hardiness or heat tolerance, but also on precipitations, wind, humidity and various other climate related factors.
Extend your garden season into fall. Add color and form with late-flowering beauties. This garden scene is packed with hardworking, easy care perennials and ornamental grasses that provide color and texture from their foliage, flowers, and seedheads from mid summer to fall.
Fairly easy to replicate, this interesting prairie planting includes a few spectacular elements which thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks.
Brighten a moist area of your garden with this pretty plant combination pairing the fiery blossoms of Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow' (Spurge) with the bluish-purple vertical blossoms of Water Irises (Iris laevigata) and the delightfully fragrant Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' (Plantain Lily).
This lovely plant combination is rich of many exciting contrasts in colors and shapes. Popping up from the flowerbed like so many out-stretched ostrich necks are the tall and elegant flower spikes of Verbascum 'Carribean Crush' (Mullein) and the dense white puffball flower umbels of Allium 'Mont Blanc'.
Transforming a dull slope into a beautiful rock garden is easy when you chose the right plants. Here, a colorful selection of Dianthus (Pink), Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox), Aubrietia (Rock Cress), Euphorbia (Spurge), Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ears), and Helianthemum (Rock Rose) create an eye-catching display.
Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life! Remember to plant a few Hellebores. A low maintenance and deer resistant plant combination to bring cheerful color to your spring garden. Enjoy!
Showy and long-lasting, Hellebore 'Green Corsican' looks terrific when combined with the airy blue blossoms of Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss) and the bright gold foliage of Hakonechloa Macra 'Aureola' (Hakone Grass).
Rhododendrons and tulips can create a brilliant show of flowers early in the season, before the roses and annual plants eclipse all the beauties of the garden.
The charming blooms of bleeding hearts (Dicentra) are an elegant addition to the late spring and early summer garden. Featured in this plant combination is 'Gold Heart', a stunning selection with rosy-pink blossoms and brilliant golden-yellow lacy leaves. The luminous foliage creates a perfect foil for late-flowering, rich purple tulips.
This perennial planting of herbaceous plants creates a colorful ornamental landscape in late spring or early summer. Towering above the delicate, claret flowers of Astrantia major (Mugwort) and the elegant clouds of feathery panicles of Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted Hair Grass), spectacular tall Bearded Irises garner the attention.
A delightful color show that will provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter and early spring.
Easy to realize, this fresh and classic border combines pastel tulips with delightfully fragrant daffodils for a charming display in mid-late spring.
A fascinating and romantic display for late spring!
A peaceful and mesmerizing scene, where we cannot help but admire the purple hues of the delightfully fragrant Spanish Lavender (Lavandula Stoechas) and sculptural Ornamental Onions 'Purple Sensation' (Alliums), delicately undulating in the breeze over a mixed planting of silvery-gray Wormwood (Artemisia) and yellow-blossoming Santolina or Lavender Cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus).
A beautiful plant combination to brighten up a shaded corner of your garden. Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, most plants are deer resistant and will come back year after year to charm you!
For a rosy-purple swath of color!