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Native Plant Guide

Information and Services for King County, Washington

Native Plant Landscaping Made Easy:
Use Sample Plans

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Why Landscape With Native Plants?

Growing a great looking landscape is fun! Creating one that is healthy for people and wildlife is fun and rewarding. With native plants you'll see a whole new variety of birds and butterflies that now visit your yard. Get started today on creating a vibrant, living yard that provides year round interest. More about the plans...

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Sample Planting Plans 
Dry, part shadeA low-maintenance landscape plan for dry, part shade areas featuring lots of evergreen shrubs.
Dry, shadyA sample landscape plan for dry, shade with low shrubs and woodland flowers.
Dry, sunnyA sample landscape plan with drought tolerant groundcovers for dry, sunny areas.
Marine (salt water) shorelinePlanting plan for marine shoreline
Moist, part shadeA combination of ferns with highlights of red-flowering currant and dogwood for moist, part shade co
Moist, shadyThis sample landscape plan features trillium for spring flowers among many shades of green.
Moist, sunnyA wildflower meadow featuring native flowers for moist, sunny areas.
Steep slope with dry sunny conditionsSteep slope with dry sunny conditions
Wet, part shadeThe sample plan for wet, part shade areas includes large evergreens and shrubs for wildlife.
Wet, shadyThe plan for wet, shade includes red-osier dogwood and vine maple for year-round interest.
Wet, sunnySample landscape plan for wet, sunny areas

About the Plans

Whether you are a seasoned gardener wanting to go native or just getting started you can use these landscaping plans to get ideas or for a complete yard makeover. The sample plans will not work for every yard and situation but you can use them to help you get started.

Common Themes in Each Plan

Layering: Large trees are placed in the back of the landscape. As you work toward the front of the landscape, low-growing species are included. This creates a feeling of a larger space and allows for the best viewing and enjoyment of the variety of species. Each plan includes evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs and groundcovers or perennials.

Clustering of Like Species: To create a more natural aesthetic, several plants of similar species are planted together in "drifts" or clusters.

Creating Diversity: At least ten different species are included in each plan to create a more interesting landscape and attract a diversity of wildlife. The plants included provide food and shelter to a wide variety of wildlife species. Evergreen and deciduous species are found in each plan, as well.

Limited Species: No more than 15 species were included in each plan to keep the plans easy to use. Feel free to add more and exercise your creativity!

Constructed Environments: Lawns, patios or paths are featured in the sample plans to show examples of how plants can be landscaped around constructed features. They are not meant as recommendations for placement.

Additional Items to Consider

  • Habitat Features: Brush or rock piles, standing dead trees
  • Water Features: Birdbaths, ponds
  • Feeders or bird houses
  • Yard art, rockeries or other personal touches