Planting Plan for a Landscape with Challenging Conditions

Hot summers and long, wet winters are no problem for this garden’s refined plant palette

Fine Gardening – Issue 213
plants for challenging environment

Living and working in northwestern Oregon, garden designer Wesley Younie is no stranger to dealing with challenging environments. When presented with this garden’s elevation changes, drainage management, and extreme climate conditions, he devised a plan that addresses it all—along with a specific functional wish list from the homeowners. Want to know which plants he used? Here are the plant IDs for this beautiful, sustainable landscape.

To learn more about this garden, see Wesley Younie’s article A Landscape Design for a Challenging Area and Conditions from issue #213 of Fine Gardening magazine.

numbered plants and garden around a patio

1. ‘Sussex Silver’ ozothamnus (Ozothamnus ‘Sussex Silver’, Zones 7–9)

2. ‘Halfway to Arkansas’ blue star (Amsonia ciliata ‘Halfway to Arkansas’, Zones 5–9)

3. ‘Blue Boa’ giant hyssop (Agastache ‘Blue Boa’ Zones 5–10)

4. ‘Standing Ovation’ little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’, Zones 3–9)

5. Pheasant’s tail grass (Anemanthele lessoniana cvs., syn. Stipa arundinacea cvs., Zones 8–10)

6. ‘Hameln’ fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’, Zones 5–9)

7. Dense sedge (Carex densa, Zones 6–10)

8. ‘Silver Carpet’ lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’, Zones 4–8)

9. ‘Sea Foam’ artemisia (Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’, Zones 4–10)

10. ‘Chocolate’ snakeroot (Ageratina altissima ‘Chocolate’, syn. Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’, Zones 3–9)

11. ‘September Ruby’ aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘September Ruby’, Zones 4–8)

12. Vine maple (Acer circinatum cvs., Zones 5–9)

13. ‘Adagio’ maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis* ‘Adagio’, Zones 5–9)

14. ‘Fuyu’ Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki ‘Fuyu’, Zones 7–10)

15. English walnut (Juglans regia cvs., Zones 5–9)

numbered trees, shrubs and grasses around a small deck

16. ‘Vanessa’ Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’, Zones 5–8)

17. Japanese anemone (Anemone hupehensis cvs., Zones 4–8)

18. Cayenne™ fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘TIFT PA18’, Zones 5–9)

19. ‘Midwinter Fire’ bloodtwig dogwood (Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’, Zones 5–8)

20. Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum cvs., syn. Eupatorium maculatum cvs., Zones 4–8)

21. Snowberry (Symphoricarpos spp. and cvs., Zones 3–10)

22. ‘Firetail’ mountain fleece (Bistorta amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’, syn. Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’, Zones 4–7)

numbered grasses and trees on other side of deck

23. ‘Mango Popsicle’ red-hot poker (Kniphofia ‘Mango Popsicle’, Zones 6–9)

24. ’Fairy Tails’ fountain grass (Pennisetum ‘Fairy Tails’, Zones 8–10)

25. Harlequin glorybower (Clerodendrum trichotomum cvs., Zones 7–10)

26. ‘Moorflamme’ moor grass (Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Moorflamme’, Zones 4–9)


* This plant is considered invasive in some areas. Please check or your state’s list of invasive plants for more information.


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