Native Plants 101: Western Sword Fern

Sword ferns (Polystichum munitum) are the workhorses of the native plant garden. Like many creatures and plants that are common and abundant, we often forget to appreciate the subtle beauty and utility of these large, helpful, ecologically important, and undemanding ferns. In suburban, rural, and wildland area of Puget Sound, these ferns are extremely important … Continue reading Native Plants 101: Western Sword Fern

Support your local (and migrating) wildlife with native plants

It is surprising how much individual gardeners can contribute to global biodiversity. When we see so much news about disappearing wildlife and plants, its hard to know how to make a difference, but if you want a big boost of self-confidence, try two very readable books: Noah's Garden, by Sara Stein and Bringing Nature Home … Continue reading Support your local (and migrating) wildlife with native plants