Sensory Garden for the Pacific Northwest
This landscape plan provides a fragrant, colorful "wrap" for any patio.
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A. Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii)
Alternative: Manzanita (Arctostaphylos spp) or other small accent tree
B. Currant (Ribes sanguineum glutinosum)
Alternative: Salal (Gaultheria shallon) or medium-sized shrub, three to five feet tall
C. Subalpine spirea (Spirea densiflora)
Alternative: Other small shrub, two to three feet tall
D. White mountain heather (Cassiope mertensiana)
Alternative: Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) or other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall
E. Golden-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium californicum)
Alternative: Little bluestem (Schyzachyrium scoparium) or other small ornamental grass, one foot tall
F. Wooly sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum)
Alternative: Other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall
G. Western columbine (Aquilegia formosa)
Alternative: Other herbaceous plant, one to two feet tall
H. Western sword fern (Polystichum munitum)
Alternative: Other grass or fern, two to three feet tall
I. Fringecup (Tellima granfiflora)
Alternative: Lupine (Lupine spp.) or other herbaceous plant, two to three feet tall
J. Oregon iris (Iris tenax)
Alternative: Broadleaved star-flower (Trientalis latifolia) or other herbaceous accent plant, one to three feet tall
K. Slender wintergreen (Gaultheria ovatifolia)
Alternative: Other groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall
1. Butterfly house
2. Existing patio
Landscape plan by Leah Gardner
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations
Use this landscape design plan to create a garden that's full of color and interest throughout the seasons.
Plant the best berries and fruit trees for your Northwest climate, and create a beautiful sitting area at the same time.
Evergreen huckleberry and Pacific madrone help accent this low-maintenance garden sanctuary.