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Project Notes

Most of our soils in the area tend to be acidic in PH and their profile is either sandy loam, clay loam or clay. All of our soils will benefit from the addition of compost to improve texture, adding oxygen and improving the soil biome. Provide weekly water the first 3 summers and less in subsequent years except during extreme heat. Trees should be watered deeply as needed even after three years to promote growth, shade and habitat. Phasing of the plantings may be by section but because trees take time to mature, plant the trees first. Planting densely helps to retain moisture and deters weeds. Many of the groundcovers in this plan will spread and fill in any gaps, reducing the need for yearly mulch. When placing large shrubs and trees, attention should be paid to the views from windows and privacy. For maintenance, it is possible to simply clean the walkways, pull the weeds and let the leaves lie for insects and birds. Mulch using course compost, bark mulch or ¼ ten gravel (screened and clean), which creates a different look. In this plan it may be used for the parking strip or the entire front yard. No other type of gravel should be used for mulch.


This design was created by Donna Giguere Landscape Design. The drawn plan is an example of what is possible with using native plants in a Portland, Oregon urban neighborhood. Although we receive much rain here in the winter and spring, our summers are frequently on the dry side. Climate change may alter the present weather patterns but native plants tend to bounce back from extreme weather fairly well. Trees and dense vegetation provide habitat for birds and insects but also help cool the urban heat-sink.

The selected plant palette is not one-size-fits- all but may be useful in determining what works in the sun or shade. Your home, surrounding properties and tree cover will modify the planting selection. Plantings were selected for wildlife food, habitat, nest materials and cover. Berries provide food for people and birds. Our winters are mild so year-round interest, food and habitat are considerations in plant selection.


Beach Daisy by John Rusk

Beach Daisy(Erigeron glaucus)

Broadleaf Stonecrop by Walter Siegmund

Broadleaf Stonecrop(Sedum spathulifolium)

California Bay Laurel by Eugene Zelenko

California Bay Laurel(Umbellularia californica)

California Fescue by John Rusk

California Fescue(Festuca californica)

California Lilac by Stan Shebs

California Lilac(Ceanothus thyrsiflorus)

California Wax Myrtle by Ben Cody

California Wax Myrtle(Morella (Myrica) californica)

Camas by Walter Siegmund

Camas(Camassia quamash)

Canada Goldenrod by USFWS - Pacific Region

Canada Goldenrod(Solidago canadensis)

Cardwell's Cliff Penstemon by USFWS - Pacific Region

Cardwell's Cliff Penstemon(Penstemon cardwellii)

Cascara by Jesse Taylor

Cascara(Rhamnus purshiana)

Checker Mallow by Flowersinmyyard

Checker Mallow(Sidalcea campestris)

Coyote Bush by USFWS - Pacific Region

Coyote Bush(Baccharis pilularis ssp. consanguinea)

Creeping Oregon Grape by Stephen Lea

Creeping Oregon Grape(Mahonia repens)

Deer Fern by Len Worthington

Deer Fern(Blechnum spicant)

Douglas Aster by Jan Smith

Douglas Aster(Symphyotrichum douglasii)

Douglas Iris by Eric Hunt

Douglas Iris(Iris douglasiana)

Evening Primrose by Jonathan Billinger

Evening Primrose(Oenothera erythrosepala)

Evergreen Huckleberry by Ben Cody

Evergreen Huckleberry(Vaccinium ovatum)

Fawn Lily by brewbooks

Fawn Lily(Erythronium oregonum)

Fringecups by Walter Siegmund

Fringecups(Tellima grandiflora)

Hairy Manzanita by John Rusk

Hairy Manzanita(Arctostaphylos columbiana)

Honeysuckle Vine by Walter Siegmund

Honeysuckle Vine(Lonicera ciliosa)

Hooker's Fairy Bells by Thayne Tuason

Hooker's Fairy Bells(Disporum hookeri)

Indian Plum by Walter Siegmund

Indian Plum(Oemleria cerasiformis)

Inside Out Flower by Walter Siegmund

Inside Out Flower(Vancouveria hexandra)

Kinnikinnick by Walter Siegmund

Kinnikinnick(Arctostaphylos uva ursi)

Lewis' Mock Orange by Matt Lavin

Lewis' Mock Orange(Philadelphus lewisii)

Low Oregon Grape by brewbooks

Low Oregon Grape(Berberis (Mahonia) nervosa)

McKenzie River Form Stonecrop by Walter Siegmund (talk)

McKenzie River Form Stonecrop(Sedum spathulifolium)

Meadow Sedge by Katie Hetrick

Meadow Sedge(Carex praegracilis)

Media Manzanita by John Rusk

Media Manzanita(Arctostaphylos X media)

Narrow Leaf Milkweed by Eric Hunt

Narrow Leaf Milkweed(Asclepias fascicularis)

Northern Maidenhair Fern by Krzysztof Ziarnek

Northern Maidenhair Fern(Adiantum pedatum)

Oceanspray by Walter Siegmund

Oceanspray(Holodiscus discolor)

Oregon Grape by Armin Jagel

Oregon Grape(Mahonia aquifolium)

Oregon Stone Crop by Walter Siegmund

Oregon Stone Crop(Sedum oreganum)

Oregon Sunshine by Thayne Tuason

Oregon Sunshine(Dieteria canescens)

Pacific Aster by John Rusk

Pacific Aster(Symphyotrichum chinense)

Pacific Bleeding Heart by Walter Siegmund

Pacific Bleeding Heart(Dicentra formosa)

Pacific Ninebark by Walter Siegmund

Pacific Ninebark(Physocarpus capitatus)

Pearly Everlasting by Franco Folini

Pearly Everlasting(Anaphalis margaritacea)

Prairie Junegrass by Stefan.lefnaer

Prairie Junegrass(Koeleria macrantha)

Red Flowering Currant by Walter Siegmund

Red Flowering Currant(Ribes sanguineum)

Roemer's Fescue by Ashwin Srinivasan

Roemer's Fescue(Festuca roemeri)

Salal by Walter Siegmund

Salal(Gaultheria shallon)

Serviceberry by Walter Siegmund

Serviceberry(Amelanchier alnifolia)

Shore Pine by Walter Siegmund

Shore Pine(Pinus contorta)

Snowberry by Schwarzweisz

Snowberry(Symphoricarpos albus)

Sub Alpine Spiraea by Walter Siegmund

Sub Alpine Spiraea(Spiraea densiflora)

Tall Oregon Grape by brewbrooks

Tall Oregon Grape(Mahonia aquifolium)

Thimbleberry by Jennifer McNew, BLM

Thimbleberry(Rubus parviflorus)

Twinberry by Walter Siegmund

Twinberry(Lonicera involucrata)

Vine Maple by Walter Siegmund

Vine Maple(Acer circinatum)

Western Columbine by Walter Siegmund

Western Columbine(Aquilegia formosa)

Western Ginger by Walter Siegmund

Western Ginger(Asarum caudatum)

Western Red Cedar by Walter Siegmund

Western Red Cedar(Thuja plicata)

Western Sword Fern by Jami Dwyer

Western Sword Fern(Polystichum munitum)

Western Wake Robin by Thayne Tuason

Western Wake Robin(Trillium ovatum)

Wood Sorrel by Franz Xaver

Wood Sorrel(Oxalis oregana)

Woodland Strawberry by Franco Folini

Woodland Strawberry(Fragaria vesca)

Yarrow by Peter Gabler

Yarrow(Achilliea millifolium)


Donna Giguere earned a Bachelor of Science, Art Degree in sculpture from Portland State University while also studying and practicing horticulture.  She received her landscape design education from landscape architects at Clackamas Community College. Her artistic ability has led to awards in sculpture and in landscape design. She is previously a certified Fellow of the International Association of Professional Landscape Designers and is a founding member of the Oregon chapter.  She is a member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and the Association of Northwest Landscape Designers. With over 26 years of practice, lots of hard work and joy, she intends to keep a focus on native plants. She currently owns and operates Donna Giguere Landscape Design.

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Some of the ways Wild Ones strives to accomplish our mission is by providing educational resources and online learning opportunities with respected experts like Wild Ones Honorary Directors Doug Tallamy, Neil Diboll, Heather Holm and Larry Weaner, publishing an award-winning journal and awarding Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Program grants to engage youth in caring for native gardens.

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