My Salal is flowering!

We have plans for a “native plants garden” in the front corner of our yard. It’s a big project, so we won’t be getting to it until the fall, even though we’ve already cleared the space for it. I’m so excited to put it together…bring in a big load of dirt, add some good-sized rocks, and plant some lovely native trees, shrubs, and flowers. I’m going to put in Red Flowering Current, a Vine Maple, some Salal and Oxalis, then plant a variety of native ferns and flowers.

Last year, in anticipation of this garden, I bought some Salal, planted it in a pot and put it in the space on the north side of the front porch which I call my “plant hospital.” Whenever I put a plant there because it’s been struggling somewhere else in the yard, it recovers and flourishes! That’s what the Salal is doing! I checked on it the other morning after a rain, and it was flowering! I’m really looking forward to building that native plants garden and planting my dear sweet Salal in it’s new, permanent home!


6 thoughts on “Salal

  1. I’ve never heard of this. Very pretty. The link said it could be invasive but you have probably already planned for that! I love the idea of your native plants garden. What an amazing area you have for bringing plants back. What is special about it? You said north side, so no sun?


  2. Nan, it’s native to the Northwest and you can see a lot of it in the forests. I first learned about it when my 6th graders put in the native plants garden at my school many years ago. With the help of some very talented PTA parents, the kids planned and planted the garden, and then I got to watch it mature over the years. I loved that garden (the inspiration for my own native plants garden plans), and I really liked the Salal. Yes, I will have to keep it pruned and not let it run wild!

    The header photo is of an Azalea. I took the photo at the Oregon Garden in late April. Byron and I love to visit that garden (in Silverton, Oregon, about an hour away), and we’ve stayed at the resort there two Springs in a row. It’s a lovely place to visit, no matter what time of year! Interestingly, that Azalea was planted in a spot that could be seen from many different vantage points in the garden. I took this photo in the evening, and the sunlight was just perfect to capture the color.


  3. A young local woman who grows flowers just posted a picture on Instagram of that same azalea! She didn’t know the color name but she calls it tangerine tango. I’m going to try and get a couple. They are called Northern Lights and will grow in cold winter climates.


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