Celebrate the beauty of the islands by using native plants in
your home garden. Many islanders want attractive, easy to maintain,
drought tolerant gardens that attract birds and butterflies. The
best plant choices for island gardens are often the native plants
that thrive naturally in our region. A native plant garden reflects
the natural richness and beauty of our unique region.
Why Garden with Native Plants?
The islands of the Salish Sea contain some of the rarest species
and ecosystems in all of Canada. Our Garry Oak meadows and older
Coastal Douglas-fir forests are now gone from over 95% of their
former range. Invasive introduced plants escaping from gardens are
quickly changing natural habitats for the worse. Using native
plants in your landscape is part of the solution to habitat
A changing climate and population growth are putting increased
strain on scarce water resources. Because native plants have
evolved in this dry coastal climate, they are adapted to summer
drought and can reduce the need for watering. These plants will
attract song birds and pollinating insects, creating important
habitat right in your own backyard.
Native Gardening Guides
Gardening with Native Plants (Habitat Acquisition Trust)
|Visit Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) for native gardening
tips, plant suggestions for your garden, information about native
plant container gardening, and to download their Gardening with
Native Plants guide.
The Garry Oak Gardener's Handbook (Garry Oak Ecosystems
|For those who are fortunate to live amidst a Garry oak
ecosystem, Garry oak meadows, woodlands, rock outcrops and
container gardens make beautiful additions to any property.
Visit the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) and download a
copy of the Garry Oak Gardener's Handbook to find tips on planning
your native garden, acquiring plants, mulching, dealing with deer,