Northwest Water-Wise Garden Plans

An earth-friendly exterior design helps conserve and recycle rainwater.
Northwest Garden Plan

Northwest Garden Plan

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

Photo by: Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Landscape plan Leah Gardner/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

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

Try these great plants and flowers to save water in your Northwest garden.

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 

Key 

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

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