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Collection: Rain Garden

Rain Gardens are a way to naturally manage water runoff on your property from rooftops, driveways and streets. In many areas like Portland, aging stormwater systems (to which many older homes' downspouts are still connected) have not been able to keep up with the population growth over the last century.  The more homeowners we can help in our neighborhoods safely disconnect their downspouts and manage their stormwater on-site with Rain Gardens, the less likely that sewage will overflow into the Willamette during heavy downpours.  For residents living outside Portland, rain gardens are still an excellent opportunity to plant a beautiful collection of native plants with lush foliage and pollinator blossoms that are naturally acclimated to having their roots soaked in winter and dry in summer.  The plants listed here are from a fantastic free community resource to help you safely plan and create your Rain Garden: The Oregon Rain Garden Guide.

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  • Baldhip Rose
    Showy pink flower of Rosa gymnocarpa, Baldhip Rose, another stunning Northwest Native shrub available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon
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  • Black Twinberry
    Close-up of the showy yellow flower of Black Twinberry (Lonicera involucra). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Blue-eyed Grass
    Close-up of blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium idahoense) flower. Another stunning Northwest Native Plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Broadleaf Lupine
    The showy purple flower of Broadleaf Lupine (Lupinus latifolius). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Cascade Oregon Grape
    Close up of the yellow flower on cascade Oregon grape (Mahonia nervosa / Berberis nervosa) in April. Another stunning Pacific Northwest native shrub available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Cascade Penstemon
    Serrated leaves and showy purple flowers of cascade penstemon (Penstemon serrulatus). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Cascara
    Close-up of Oregon native Cascara tree leaves (Frangula purshiana / Rhamnus purshiana). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native tree available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Clustered Wild Rose
    Close-up of the showy pink flower of Clustered Wild Rose or Swamp Rose (Rosa pisocarpa). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Coastal Strawberry
    Coastal Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) close-up of leaves in rock garden.  One of 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Common Camas
    Close-up flower of common camas (Camassia quamash). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Common Chokecherry
    Close-up of deep red common chokecherry berries (Prunus virginiana). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native small tree available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Common Rush
    Growth habit of pacific rush (Juncus effusus), also known as common rush, pasture rush, or soft rush. One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Common Sneezeweed
    Yellow flowering common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale) plant from above. One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Cow Parsnip
    Close up of the white umbel flower of cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Dagger-leaf Rush
    Dagger-leaf Rush (Juncus ensifolius) in bloom.  One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Deer Fern
    Lush, bright green deer fern (Blechnum spicant) in moist, forest habitat.  One of the 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available from Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland, Oregon.
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  • Dense Sedge
    Many dense sedge (Carex densa) plants in production at the nursery. One of 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Devil's Club
    Close-up of the immense, maple-like leaves of devil's club (Oplopanax horridus). One of 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Douglas Spiraea
    Bright pink flowers of Douglas spiraea (Spiraea Douglasii). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Elegant Calicoflower
    Close-up of the showy blue and white flowers of Elegant Calicoflower (Downingia elegans). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Evergreen Huckleberry
    Close-up image showing water dripping from the delicate white flowers of evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum). One of the 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Great Camas
    Abundant purple flowers of great camas (Camassia leichtlinii). One of 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Harvest Brodiaea
    Close up of the showy purple bloom of harvest brodiaea (Brodiaea elegans). One of the 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available through Sparrowhawk Native Plants in Portland, Oregon
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  • King's Gentian
    Close up of king's or staff gentian flowers (Gentiana sceptrum) with a tiny yellow spider. One of the 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants in Portland, Oregon
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  • Lady Fern
    Close-up of Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) frond. Another stunning Pacific Northwest native fern available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Large-leaved Lupine
    Several purple Large-leaved Lupine flowers (Lupinus polyphyllus). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Maidenhair Fern
    Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native fern available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Merten’s Sedge
    Close-up of the dark, dangling inflorescence of Merten's sedge (Carex mertensii). One of 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Mock Orange
    Fragrant white flowers of native mock orange shrub (Philadelphus lewisii). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Mountain Boykinia
    Close-up of the showy white flower of Mountain or Large Boykinia (Boykinia major). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Nootka Rose
    Close up of pink Nootka Rose flower (Rosa nutkana) - native Oregon shrub. One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Nuttall's Larkspur
    Close-up of the showy purple flower of Nuttall's Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallii). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Nuttall's Toothwort
    Close-up of the delicate, diminutive whitish-pink flowers of Nuttle's Toothwort (Cardamine nuttallii). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Oceanspray
    Oceanspray
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  • Oregon Iris
    Oregon Iris
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  • Oregon Saxifrage
    Fresh spring leaves and flower buds on a small 4
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  • Osoberry
    Close-up of the early-blooming white flowers of osoberry, or indian plum (Oemleria cerasiformis). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native shrub available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon
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  • Pacific Bleeding Heart
    Close-up of pink-flowering Pacific Bleeding Heart flower (Dicentra formosa). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Pacific Ninebark
    Close-up of pacific ninebark flower (Physocarpus capitatus) getting visited by a small bug. Another stunning Pacific Northwest native shrub available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Pacific Waterleaf
    Population of Pacific Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
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