Water-Wise Landscape for the Northwest

Earth-friendly exterior design helps conserve and recycle rainwater.

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Use this plan for a space measuring about 28 feet wide. Below is a site plan adapted to a 50-foot-wide area.

Plant List

A. Currant (Ribes sanguineum glutinosum)
Alternative: Salal (Gaultheria shallon) or other medium shrub 3 to 5 feet tall

B. Narrow leaf or plains yucca (Yucca glauca)
Alternative: 'Bright Edge' yucca or other evergreen, drought-tolerant accent shrub

C. Golden-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium californicum)
Alternative: Little bluestem (Schyzachyrium scoparium) or other ornamental grass or grass-like plant, one to 2 feet tall

D. Wooly sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum)
Alternative: Other flowering herbaceous plant, 2 to 3 feet tall

E. Fringecup (Tellima granfiflora)
Alternative: Lupine (Lupine spp.) or other flowering herbaceous plant, one to 2 feet tall

F. White mountain heather (Cassiope mertensiana)
Alternative: Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) or other flowering groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall

G. Oregon iris (Iris tenax)
Alternative: Other tough, small groundcover, 2 to 4 inches tall

H. Beach Strawberry, sand strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)
Alternative: Other moisture-tolerant herbaceous plant

Use this site plan for a space that measures 50 feet wide.


1. Stepping stone
2. Porch/Landing
3. Rain chain
4. Dry-stream bed
5. Rock/small boulder
6. Rock-lined basin or depression

How to install your landscape plan
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Landscape plan by Leah Gardner
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations (www.simutisillustrations.com)

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