Welcome to Designing With Plants!

Designing With Plants offers planting plans that are affordable, low maintenance, environmentally responsible and beautiful for residential homes in the Portland, Oregon area. The Earth is experiencing a tremendous amount of trauma due to urbanization, but we can reverse the ecological damage we are causing by reintegrating the natural habitat to our urban landscapes. Designing With Plants stems...

What is Naturescaping?

Naturescaping is a landscape design method using native plants to create wildlife habitat gardens. In order to do this, we need to research what our ecoregions looked like before they were excavated for development and farming. Naturescaping is the concept of emulating to the best of our ability the natural environment for that ecoregion. For example, an ecoregion that was once a forested area...

Why do we have to use Native Plants?

Aren't non-native plants that attract pollinators and feed wildlife just as good? Unfortunately, non-native plants are more destructive to natural habitats then they are beneficial. The indigenous wildlife co-evolved with the native plants that occur naturally in your ecoregion. For this reason, indigenous species that are selective to native plants cannot live without them, which is why many...