A garden plan for the Pacific Northwest.

Find plantings tailored to a Pacific Northwest climate in these sensory garden plans.

Plant List

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

Try these plants and flowers suited to a Pacific Northwest sensory garden.


1. Butterfly house
2. Existing patio

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