The star-shaped flowers of the Camass bloom in a delightful purple-blue with yellow centers. You will find them growing wild in open meadows but they do very well in home gardens, too. The Camass enjoys moist soil rich in humus and will do best when planted in partial shade. Plant bulbs during Autumn, about 5 inches deep and 6 inches apart.
The Broadleaf Sedum makes great groundcover, producing delightful, perky yellow flowers. It thrives in full sun and the well-draining soil of rocky habitats. It will grow to be about 6 inches tall. When the blooming season is through, the attractive silver-green foliage is still a standout groundcover in any garden. As an added benefit, sedum is great for warding off weeds.
Towering high above the ground at 2-3 feet, this gorgeous plant has very unique look to it. Rows of purple-blue flowers line the light-green stems, arranged in stacks that cover the top 8 inches or so. Lupines thrive in somewhat acidic soil and prefer cooler summer temperatures. You will find these striking flowers growing wild in the meadows and forests of the Pacific Northwest, but they do quite well in cultivation. Plant in partial sun for best results and water about once a week.
The pretty pink flowers of the Lewisia make their appearance in Spring and last well into the Summer. Lewisia can be found growing wild on north-facing cliffs in the Pacific Northwest, but can also be cultivated, and makes an excellent addition to backyard rock gardens. Just be sure to plant it in well-draining soil, Lewisia will not survive without excellent drainage (explaining its popularity in rock gardens).
The tall, showy stalks of this wild herb are known to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. Fireweed grows wild in the pastures, and fields of the Pacific Northwest and can often be found popping up on the sites of recent wild fires – hence, the name “Fireweed.” The fuchsia flowers of this plant make it a garden favorite. Just be sure to plant in slightly acidic soil and give it plenty of room to grow, as it can rise to a full 5 feet. Full sun will yield the healthiest blooms.