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Garden Plan | Sunny Pollinator Garden

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Signe Danler | October 15, 2015

Designed for a typical suburban backyard, this 40’ x 25’ pollinator garden features showy native Willamette Valley plants. It should have a sunny southern exposure. Spread out the design and plant larger groupings to fill a bigger space. Click on the design above to enlarge it, or download it to print here:



Inclusion of trees, shrubs, and perennials provides a variety of heights. Low-growing self-heal, wood strawberry, and kinnikinnik along the edge soften the transition to an adjacent lawn.

Earliest spring blooms are provided by kinnikinnik, camas, shooting star, Oregon grape, Indian plum, and red-flowering currant, continuing with tiger lilies, milkweed, Douglas aster, and gumweed in the late summer and fall.

A short path leads to a bench beside the mock orange, so you can enjoy the fragrance while immersing yourself in the buzz of busy pollinators.

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Broadleaf Trees

  • Choke Cherry x1
  • Vine Maple x2

Large Shrubs

  • Blue Elderberry x1
  • Buckbrush x1
  • Indian Plum x1
  • Mock Orange x1
  • Red-osier Dogwood x1
  • Serviceberry, Pacific x3

Small Shrubs

  • Nootka Rose x2
  • Red Flowering Currant x2
  • Tall Oregon Grape x3


  • Kinnikinnik x3
  • Salal x3
  • Wood Strawberry x17


  • Broad-leaved Shooting Star x8
  • Common Camas x3
  • Common Self-heal x6
  • Douglas Aster x3
  • Oregon Iris x4
  • Oregon Sunshine x6
  • Red Columbine x7
  • Rose Checkermallow x6
  • Showy Milkweed x3
  • Narrow-leaved Milkweed x3
  • Tiger Lily x9
  • Willamette Valley Gumweed x3