Plant Catalog

Resilience Design’s urban micro-nursery in Portland, OR grows edible landscaping plants and companions plants such as native flowers to attract pollinators and herbs to attract beneficial insects, plus select ornamentals. These are many of my favorite multi-functional plants, proven for our region and I’m so excited to share them with you.

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~~~~~~~~~~PLANT CATALOG ~~~~~~~~~~

The catalog lists all the plants I have offered at some point – some plants are currently not available. ~Check availability above for current selection, sizes and prices! ~

Native Trees, Shrubs, Ferns and Vines


Kinninnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

PNW native. Creeping, evergreen ground cover. White to light pink flowers in spring. Loved by bees.

Red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Native shrub with showy red bark in winter. White flowers in early summer, white berries. Grows 6-12′ tall. Plant in sun to part shade, can thrive in moist to average soil.

Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

PNW native. Evergreen shrub with white flowers in summer, edible blue/black berries in fall. Usually grows 2-4′ tall in garden settings. Plant in part sun or shade. Regular water.

Ocean spray (Holodiscus discolor)

PNW native. An arching, deciduous shrub in the rose family with fine plumes of white flowers in early summer.

Western honeysuckle

Western honeysuckle

Western honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa)

PNW native. Deciduous vine with orange flowers in summer. Orange flowers attract hummingbirds. Part sun to light shade. Grows 6-12′. Provide trellis or let scramble.

Tall Oregon grape (Mahnoia aquifolium)

PNW native. Evergreen shrub with yellow flowers in late winter that feed the overwintering Anna’s hummingbirds, bush tits and early pollinators. Edible and medicinal. Grows 4-6′ tall.

Creeping Oregon grape (Mahonia repens) Oregon White oak (Quercus garryana)

PNW native. Evergreen shrub with yellow flowers in late winter that feed the overwintering Anna’s hummingbirds, bush tits and early pollinators. Edible and medicinal. Grows to 3′ tall.

Sword fern (Polystichum munitum)

PNW native. Evergreen fern for part sun to shade. Did you know hummingbirds collect the fuzz off of the bottom of the fronds to use in their nests? Grows 2-3′ tall and wide.

Golden current (Ribes aureum)

PNW native. Clove-scented yellow flowers in spring. Loved by birds and bees. Grows 4-6 feet tall. Full sun to light shade.

Red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum)

PNW native. An early bloomer that provides nectar for bees and hummingbirds with bright pink flowers. Later black berries for birds. Grows 4-8′ tall and wide. Sun to light shade.

Nookta rose and a beetle, chillin'

Nookta rose and a beetle, chillin’

Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana)

PNW native. Single pink flowers in summer are a butterfly and bumblebee favorite. Edible red hips in fall for teas or jelly. Edible and medicinal. Grows 3 to 6′ tall. Sun to light shade.


Blue elderberry

Blue Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea) Certified Salmon-Safe
Native. White flowers in spring can be used to make sparkling beverages, fritters or dried for tea. Blue berries in late summer make wonderful jelly. Can be used for dying cloth purple. Medicinal. Beautiful and an excellent wildlife habitat plant!

Fruit Trees

Heirloom Apples, ‘Ashmead’s Kernal’, ‘Winesap’, ‘Belle de Boskoop’, ‘Winesap’, ‘Newtown Pippin’, ‘Gravenstein’ (Malus domestica) Organic

On semi-dwarf rootstock (M7), these trees will grow to about 15′ tall.

Apple 'Northpole'

Apple ‘Northpole’

Apple, columnar ‘Northpole’  and ‘Scarlet Sentinel’ (Malus domesticaCertified Salmon-Safe
Columnar apple trees are great for small spaces, or when you want a lot of variety on an urban lot. They can also be kept in a large pot. Northpole is red and green striped, Scarlet Sentinel is a red McIntosh type. Both grow to 8-10 feet but can be pruned to be kept quite compact. These two varieties pollinize each other, or can be pollinized by another apple variety.

Cornelian cherry seedlings (Cornus mas) Sustainably Grown
Productive, dark red fruit. Great for jam, jelly and juice. Wonderful little star-shaped yellow flowers in late winter. Yellow fall foliage color.
Two trees are needed to pollinize each other. These seedlings are genetically unique, so any two will cross-pollinate. There are quite a few Cornelian cherries in our area now, so even with one tree it’s likely you’ll get good fruit production. Grows 12 – 20 ft. tall.

Fig_Violette_de_Bourdeaux_MMFig ‘Violette de Bordeaux’ (Ficus carica) Organic

Dwarf fig tree, sweet, dark purple fruit with pink flesh. Reliable producer in our climate.
Can be grown in a pot. 8-10′ ft. Or can be kept smaller as figs fruit on first year growth, you can prune back yearly and still get a crop. Makes a lovely informal espallier. Great in preserves or for fresh eating.

Harvesting mulberries

Harvesting mulberries

Mulberry ‘Illinois Everbearing’ (Morus var.) Certified Salmon-Safe

Very sweet, juicy, dark berries. Yellow fall foliage color. These are crazy delicious. The tree we planted (in our neighbor’s yard – we didn’t have room but wanted one so badly!) a couple years ago produced a few pints of berries this past summer and was a MAGNET for the toddlers on our block. You should have seen their purple faces.
Grows 15 ft. tall. Easy to grow.

Mulberry, Dwarf (Morus nigraOrganic

This small tree can be grown in a large pot or in the ground. It produces dark purple, sweet blueberry-sized fruits all summer. Yellow fall color.
Grows 6-10 ft. tall.

Olive ‘Arbequina’ (Olea europaeaCertified Salmon-Safe
Hardy, evergreen. Early-ripening, can be used for olives and olive oil. An olive tree is such a lovely thing, so graceful.  These look fantastic with Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, oregano and lavender and they are all tough and drought-tolerant. Try them together on a parking strip! Also does great in a pot. Full sun. Grows to 10′ tall.

Olive ‘Frantoio’ (Olea europaeaCertified Salmon-Safe
Hardy, evergreen. One of the hardiest varieties for the Northwest, early-ripening, can be used for olives and olive oil. Full sun. Grows to 10-15′ tall.

Pomegranate ‘Favorite’ (Punica granatumCertified Salmon-Safe

Mostly for ornamental value, these compact trees have bright orange flowers and cute pomegranates. Grows 8-12 feet tall. Sun. Self-fertile. Plant in a warm microclimate to get fruit.



Persimmon ‘Nikita’s Gift’ (Diospyros kaki) Certified Salmon-Safe
Red-orange, sweet fruit. An early winter treat. Beautiful red fall color. Use persimmons sliced into salads with roasted nuts and dried fruit, layer them with slices of hard cheese on an appetizer tray or, my favorite, make persimmon quick bread with walnuts, dried currants and orange liqueur.
Grows to 15 ft. tall.

Persimmon ‘Jiro’ (Diospyros kakiCertified Salmon-Safe

Red-orange, sweet fruit.An early winter treat. Beautiful red fall color. Grows to 15- 20 ft. tall. Sun to light shade. Self-fertile. Bears on 1-year old wood. Prune during dormant season.



Quince ‘Smyrna’ (Cydonia oblongaCertified Salmon-Safe
Fragrant, pale yellow fruit is high in Vitamin C. Use for baking, jam, sauce, chutney, etc. Flesh turns a rosy pink when cooked. Grows 10-15 ft. tall. Beautiful pale pink flowers in spring.


ResilienceDesign_AlpineStrawberryAlpine strawberry (Fragaria vesca) Organic
Tiny, intensely sweet berries all spring and summer. Clumping plants don’t run. Very fun for kids to hunt for. Can be grown in pots. In England I often saw these as a border to paths which is very pretty and makes harvesting easy.

Arctic raspberry flower

Arctic raspberry flower

Arctic raspberry ‘Sophia’ and Arctic raspberry ‘Valentina’ (Rubus arcticus x stellarcticus)
Certified Salmon-Safe
These are a ground cover raspberry plant that grows just 8 to 12 inches tall. They are super hardy, as the name suggests, to about USDA zone 3. (We’re zone 7/8). They have pink flowers in the early summer and juicy red berries that ripen in July. They like full to partial sun, well-drained soil. A good understory plant for the food forest.

Aronia ‘Viking’ also called Glossy black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) Certified Salmon-Safe
A superfood! High in vitamins and antioxidants. White flowers in spring, black berries in summer. Great for juice. Can be used for dying.  Grows 6′ tall by 5′ wide.

Thornless Blackberry 'Black Satin' on a bamboo trellis

Thornless Blackberry ‘Black Satin’ on a bamboo trellis

Blackberry ‘Satin’ (Rubus var.) Organic
Thornless. Huge, juicy, sweet black berries ripen in late summer. Perfect for pies and preserves. Freeze some for mid-winter smoothies! Likes full sun in rich, well-drained soil. Upright habit, but helpful to trellis.

Black raspberry

Black raspberry

Blackcap (Rubus occidentalis) Organic

Sweet, fragrant black berries in mid-summer. Blue-ish, sprawling canes are shade-tolerant. Excellent for jelly. High in Vit. C and antioxidants. Also called black raspberry. PNW native.

Black currant ‘Crandall’ (Ribes var.) Organic

Large, sweet-tart black currants ripen in mid-summer. Yellow spring flowers smell like clove. Great for drying! High in Vit. C and antioxidants.


Blueberry ‘Duke’

Blueberry ‘Duke’ (Vaccinium var.) Sustainably Grown
Large, light blue berries. Early ripening. An upright plant with medium to high yield. Plant with ‘Reka’ or another highbush blueberry for pollination.

Blueberry ‘Reka'(Vaccinium var.) Sustainably Grown
Dark blue berries. Very vigorous plant. Mid-season ripening. Plant with ‘Duke’ or a similar blueberry variety for pollination. A great variety for canning.

Blueberry ‘Aurora’ (Vaccinium var.) Sustainably Grown
Medium to large, dark blue berries. High yield. Late season ripening. A stocky, spreading plant that’s good for smaller gardens and pots. Let ripen fully on the plant to sweeten. Plant with ‘Sunshine Blue’ for pollination.

Blueberry ‘Legacy’ (Vaccinium var.) Sustainably Grown
Productive with large, dark blue berries. Excellent flavor. Mid- to late-season ripening. Grows 4-6 feet tall. Open branching habit. Sun to light shade.

Blueberry 'Sunshine Blue' blooms

Blueberry ‘Sunshine Blue’ blooms

Blueberry ‘Sunshine Blue’ (Vaccinium var.) Sustainably Grown
Evergreen variety with pink flowers. A great landscaping plant that has sweet, medium-size blueberries with medium blue color. Can also be grown in a pot or planter. Self-fertile, but better to plant with ‘Aurora’ for best fruit set.


Blue elderberry

Blue Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea) Certified Salmon-Safe
Native. White flowers in spring can be used to make sparkling beverages, fritters or dried for tea. Blue berries in late summer make wonderful jelly. Can be used for dying cloth purple. Medicinal. Beautiful and an excellent wildlife habitat plant!


Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum)
Native. A versatile and handsome evergreen shrub with reddish stems that works as a hedge, foundation plant or in a woodland garden setting.  White-pink flowers in early spring, followed by sweet black berries in late summer. Produces enough berries even in the first few years to make harvesting worthwhile. Grows 3- 6 ft. Read more on my blog.

Goji berry

Goji berry

Goji ‘Crimson Star’ (Lycium barbarum) Certified Salmon-Safe
Also called Wolf berry. Sweet red berries are highly nutritious. Can be eaten fresh or dried. Grows to 5-6′ ft.

Honeyberry ‘Blue Moon’ and Honeyberry ‘Blue Velvet’ (Lonicera caerulea var. edulis) Certified Salmon-Safe
Pale yellow flowers in early spring. Sweet/tart blue berries are one of the earliest fruits to harvest. Use them like blueberries. Needs two varieties for pollination.

Fall gold raspberry

Fall gold raspberry

Raspberry ‘Fall Gold’ (Rubus idaeus var.Organic
Sweet, yellow berries in early fall. This variety can be cut to the ground in fall as it fruits on new canes. Grows 4-6 ft. tall.

Red raspberry.

Red raspberry.

Red raspberry (Rubus idaeus var.) Organic
A classic red raspberry. Bears mid-summer. Easy care and pruning. This variety can be cut to the ground in fall as it fruits on new canes. Train along wires or grow as a thicket. Grows 4-6 ft. tall.

Red currant

Red currant

Red Currant ‘Red Lake’ (Ribes var.Organic
Tart red berries make wonderful jelly. Freeze them and add them to cookies! Very productive. Can grow in full sun or partial shade. Grows to 4 ft. tall.

Salal (Gaultheria shallon) Sustainably Grown
Native. Evergreen foliage. White flowers in spring, blue-black berries in late summer. Likes to grow in partial to full shade, in average to moist, acidic soil. Makes a great foundation plant or woodland garden understory shrub. Grows 2-4 ft.



Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) Sustainably Grown
Native. Bright pink flowers in early spring, golden/pink berries in early summer. Can grow in average or moist soil. Forms colonies over time. Grow in full sun to part shade. Grows 4-6 ft.



Serviceberry, Western (Amelanchier alnifolia) Sustainably Grown
Native. White flowers in early spring, blue berries in summer taste like a blueberry with almond-flavored seeds! The robins like them too though. A pretty large shrub/small tree with silver bark. Can be pruned to be single or multi-trunked. Prone to rust fungus. Grows 6-12 ft. tall.

Strawberry ‘Hood’ (Fragaria x ananassaCertified Salmon-Safe

Luscious sweet flavor. June bearing (one large crop in early summer.) Excellent in jam and ice cream – if they last that long!

Strawberry ‘Tristar’ (Fragaria x ananassaCertified Salmon-Safe

Glossy red berries. Day-neutral bearing (continuous cropping.) Good for pie, strawberry shortcake and fresh eating.

Strawberry ‘Quinault’ (Fragaria x ananassaCertified Salmon-Safe

Large red berries with excellent flavor. Ever bearing and is has the unique habit of bearing fruit on unrooted runners. Bred by the University of Washington.

Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorusOrganic 
Northwest native. White flowers in spring, soft, flavorful dark red berries. Grow in average or moist soil, in full sun to quite a bit of shade. A good rain garden plant. Grows 3-4 ft. tall.

Chilean guava (Ugni molinaeCertified Salmon-Safe

Evergreen shrub with pink flowers, pink berries that have a sweet/tart tropical fruit flavor. Grow in sun or part shade with regular water. Grows 3-5 feet tall. 

Fruiting Vines

China blue vine (Holboellia coriaceae) 

Shiny evergreen foliage. A fast growing vine with fragrant purple flowers in summer. Unusual, edible dark red fruits. Self fertile. Grow in part sun to quite a bit of shade. To 20 feet long.



Grape ‘Suffolk Red’ (Vitis var.) Certified Salmon-Safe
Sweet, red, seedless table grape. Ripens in September. Disease resistant. Vines grow about 15 ft. long and can be trellised in a variety of ways, or grown over an arbor or pergola. Grow in sun. Prune once or twice a year to create a sturdy framework with lots of fruiting spurs.

Grape, Muscat (Vitis vinifera var.) Organic

This large, golden grape has wonderful citrus, apricot and rose flavors. Grows 10-20′. Provide full sun and good air circulation. For wine, soda, jelly or fresh eating. Seeded.

Hardy kiwi

Hardy kiwi

Hardy Kiwi ‘Issai’ (Actinidia arguta) Sustainably Grown
Small, sweet-tart green fruits. Eat fresh like grapes or make tangy chuntney or jam. This deciduous vine can grow 10′ or so long and likes a trellis in partial shade, or at least where its roots are shaded. This variety is self-fertile, so you just need one plant to bear fruit, though planting a male variety nearby will increase fruit set.

Hardy Kiwi ‘Flowercloud’ (Actinidia arguta) Sustainably Grown
A male pollinator for ‘Issai’. This deciduous vine can grow 10′ or so long and likes a trellis in partial shade, or at least where its roots are shaded.

Fuzzy Kiwi, Female ‘Hayward’ (Actinidia deliciosaCertified Salmon-Safe

Vigorous vines produce large, sweet fruits in late fall. Full of vitamin C. Wonderful for fresh eating or jam. Provide a sturdy structure for it to grow on and a male kiwi vine for pollination.

Fuzzy Kiwi, Male (Actinidia deliciosaCertified Salmon-Safe

Pollinator for female fuzzy kiwi.

Tasmanian blueberry vine

Tasmanian blueberry vine

Tasmanian Blueberry vine (Billardiera longiflora) Certified Salmon-Safe
Bright violet berries on an delicate-looking evergreen vine. Yellow flowers in spring. A conversation starter! Self-fertile. Grows about 6-10 ft. long.

Tea, Herbs and Flowers

Western mugwort with some Mediterranean herbs

Western mugwort with some Mediterranean herbs

Western mugwort (Artemisia ludoviciana)  Organic

A silvery perennial in the aster family that forms colonies. Medicinal and magical. Grow in full sun to light shade. Drought tolerant.

Nodding onion (Allium cernuum) Organic

Graceful clusters of pale pink flowers in spring. Use leaves or slender bulbs like chives. Bee friendly. Oregon native.

Calendula 'Zeolights'

Calendula ‘Zeolights’

Calendula, mixed colors (Calendula officinalis) Organic

A cheerful and helpful self-sowing annual blooms all summer long. Dry flowers for tea or many medicine uses. Sprinkle the petals on salads. Also a good dye plant. Attracts beneficial insects.

Tea ‘Sochi’ (Tea camellia) (Camellia sinensisCertified Salmon-Safe
Harvest new leaves for green or black tea. Evergreen leaves, pretty white flowers in autumn. Grows to 6′ ft. tall. Likes part sun to shade.

Cilantro (Corriander) (Corriandrum sativum) Organic

Essential for Mexican, Thai, and Indian cooking. Use leaves, flowers and seeds! Let them bloom and they attract beneficial insects that will keep your garden’s pests in check.

Douglas aster in bloom.

Douglas aster in bloom.

Douglas Aster (Aster subspicatus aka Symphyotrichum subspicatum)

Perennial. Native to our Willamette Valley meadows. A bee and butterfly favorite for late-season nectar. Very long bloom time. It’s also a host plant for skipper butterflies! Lavender flowers in late summer/fall. Grow in full sun to light shade, in average, dry or moist soil. Great for meadowscaping larger areas since it is a vigorous grower. Grows 24-36″ tall.

Great Northern Aster

Great Northern Aster

Great Northern Aster (Aster modestus) Organic
Very pretty native perennial for sun to part shade. Long bloom season provides nectar for bees and butterflies. Spreads to form small colonies. 18-24″ tall.

Oregon sunshine (Eriophyllum lantanumOrganic

Pretty yellow daisies above soft, grey foliage. Good beed and butterfly flower. Grows 12″ tall. Oregon native.

Bearded Iris, black

Bearded Iris, purple/lavender

Bearded Iris, maroon/cream

Bearded Iris, peach

Lavender ‘Munstead'(Lavandula var.) Sustainably Grown

Bees love it! Fragrant purple flowers. Drought tolerant. The scent of lavender promotes relaxation. Dry the flowers for use in bath salts, herbal sachets, tea and baking. Lavender-honey ice-cream? Lavender shortbread? Lavender lemonade?

Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Grows 2- 3 ft.

Meadow foam, Poached egg plant (Limnanthes douglasii) Organic
Native. Pretty little reseeding annual with lacy leaves, white and yellow flowers in spring. Attracts beneficial insects like friendly hover flies that will eat aphids and other pests. Also known as meadowfoam.

Moroccan mint.

Moroccan mint.

Moroccan mint (Mentha var.) Organic
Lovely fresh or dried. Fragrant. The best variety for tea!

Apple mint (Mentha var.Organic
Soft, grey foliage with spikes of white flowers that the bees love.

Orange mint (Mentha var.Organic
Spicy, citrus-scented leaves brighten a tea or salad. Lavender flowers in summer.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) Organic

Use fresh or dried. Purple flowers attract beneficial insects.

Oregano, golden (Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’) Organic

Bright chartreuse foliage and white flowers brighten the garden.

Rosemary ‘Arp’ (Rosmarinus officinalis) Organic
Evergreen. Blooms in late winter with little blue blossoms, a help to early pollinators. Very hardy. Drought tolerant. Use the fragrant leaves in savory dishes, with potatoes, in soup and herb breads.

Yarrow foliage.

Yarrow foliage.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Organic
Native. White flowers in summer. Medicinal, use fresh or dried leaves for teas. A wonderful meadowscaping plant among bunch grasses and wildflowers, or just add to the edge of the veggie garden to provide habitat – great for attracting beneficial insects. Grows 12-24 inches tall.



Tarweed (Madia sp.Organic
A native meadow flower with yellow daisies with a red ring in the center. My seed is mostly common madia with a little slender madia mixed in. Both are wonderful for attracting bees and butterflies. Important late-season nectar source. Plant in full sun to light shade. Drought and clay tolerant. Fragrant foliage. Reseeds itself. Grows 24-36″ tall.

Phlomis, Jerusalem sage (Phlomis russeliana)

Perennial with large, soft grey leaves and spikes of yellow flowers. Kids love to suck the nectar from the blooms – and bees too. Neat cut flower or for dried seed heads. Easy in sun or light shade with occasional summer water.


Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolataOrganic
Another Willamette Valley native meadow plant that is great for bees. The bumblebees in particular seem to like this one. It’s a low-growing, nearly evergreen plant with purple flowers all summer. Medicinal. Might reseed a bit. Great in rain gardens, woodland settings or meadows. Can tolerate a range of conditions, from sun to part shade, rather dry to moist soil.

Greater burnet (Sanguisorba officinalisOrganic
Native perennial that is a beneficial insect host plant. New leaves are tender and taste like cucumber – add them to water or a salad. Medicinal. Small heads of dark pink flowers.

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Feather reed grass ‘Overdam’ Organic

Bronze sedge (Carex buchanii) Organic

Orange sedge (Carex testaceae) Organic

Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) Organic

Blue rush (Juncus effusus var.) Organic 

Common rush (Juncus effusus) Organic 

Zebra grass (Miscanthus ‘Zebrina) Organic

Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima, Stipa tenuissima) Organic

Roemer’s fescue (Festuca idahoensis ssp. roemeriOrganic

Native bunch grass for sun to part shade. Plant in well-drained soil.


A tomato sampler.

Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) – All Organic

~2019 Tomato variety list is HERE ~

Veggie Starts

I’m also offering a selection of zucchini, winter squashes, cucumbers, pumpkins, mouse melon and more in 3.5″ pots.



Orach, Purple mountain spinach (Atriplex hortensisOrganic

Vivid foliage provides welcome color in the veggie garden or flower beds. A reseeding annual, orach leaves are picked when young and produce through hot weather.


Mixed greens.

Lettuce ‘Overlook Mix’ (Lactuca var.)  Organic
Local varieties including pink-speckled, burgundy and green-ruffled.

Kale ‘Red Russian’ (Brassica var.)  Organic
Hardy, nutritious greens. Blue-green foliage with a red stem.

Tuscan kale

Tuscan kale

Kale ‘Tuscan’ (Brassica var.)  Organic
Tasty, deep green leaves. Also known as Dinosaur or Lacinato kale.



Tomatillo, green (Physalis ixocarpa) – 65 days  Organic
A large-fruited variety to use for salsas and sauces. Can be grown in a sunny spot or pot.


Ground cherries

Ground cherry ‘Pineapple’ (Physalis peruviana) – 75 days  Organic
Fun, sweet-tart yellow berries in a papery husk. Fruity, sweet-tart flavor. Use in pie, preserves or on salad.

Perennial Vegetables

Sea kale

Sea kale

Sea kale (Crambe maritima)  Organic
Perennial. Large blue-green leaves. Eat the early, tender shoots. White flowers in summer attract beneficial insects.

Rhubarb (Pie plant) ‘Victoria’ (Rheum rhabarbarum)  Organic
Perennial. A vigorous variety with tender, pale pink-green stems. One of the first ‘fruits’ of spring, rhubarb makes wonderful preserves and, of course, pie. Simmer with honey to make a topping for oatmeal, ice cream or yogurt. Grow in sun or part shade. Grows about 2 ft. tall and 3 ft. across.

ResilienceDesign_ArtichokeflowerArtichoke (Cynara scolymus)  Organic
Perennial. Silver foliage to 5′ tall. Pick artichokes in early summer or let them bloom and you and the bees will enjoy the bright purple flowers. Grow in full sun, in well-drained soil.

Cardoon (Cynara cardunculusOrganic

Closely related to artichoke but hardier. Silver foliage to 5′ tall with dramatic stems to 10′ tall. Pick the new leaves in early spring and cook the stems as vegetable, or harvest the small chokes in early summer. I first ate the stem baked in a white sauce in a university cafeteria in Italy. Bees love the bright purple flowers. Grow in full sun, in well-drained soil. Drought-tolerant.

Asparagus ‘Jersey Knight’ (Asparagus officinalis) Certified Salmon Safe
Perennial. Delicious, tender shoots! Tall, ferny plant grows to 5 ft. after spear harvest. Prepare soil well and you’ve have plenty of asparagus in 2-3 years.

Asparagus ‘Purple’ (Asparagus officinalis) Certified Salmon Safe
Perennial. Delicious, tender shoots! Turns green when cooked. Tall, ferny plant grows to 5 ft. after spear harvest. Prepare soil well and you’ve have plenty of asparagus in 2-3 years.

Nettles (Urtica dioicaOrganic

Native. Edible and medicinal. The early spring leaves are delicious in soups, pestos and pasta, stinging nettle is one of the delicacies of spring in the Northwest, packed with minerals and vitamins to bring us back to health after the long winter. Dry the leaves for tea. Helps support the immune system during allergen exposure. Having your own nettle patch is important because they are a host plant for butterflies that are threatened by habitat loss. Harvesting in parks is not allowed. Nettles are also used for crafts such as dye, cord and net making.

Sunchoke, Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosusOrganic

Tall yellow sunflowers produce abundant quantities of sweet-starchy tubers in late fall. Great in soups, casseroles and roasted veggie dishes. Harvest after weather has turned cold for best flavor, digging some, and leaving the rest for next year’s crop. Also great for pollinators and cutting flowers.

Korean balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorusOrganic

Blue, balloon-shaped buds open into bright blue flowers that are great in arrangements. The root of this plant is a common ingredient in Korean cooking such as bibimbap, condiments, stir fry, tea and liquor. It has many uses in Traditional Chinese medicine including for respiratory ailments and inflammation.

Perennial Spinach Chard

Perennial Spinach Chard

Perennial Spinach Chard (Beta vulgaris var. cicla)Organic

Tender leaves with a flavor in between spinach and chard are produced year-round. Plant will grow for several years then bolt and produce seeds for the next crop. Can grow in full sun with regular water, or in partial shade.

French sorrel (Rumex scutatus)

A bright, tart lemony flavor for spring soups and salads. A European native that is the ingredient of green sauces. An easy and underused perennial green. Kids love to taste it!

Red dock

Red dock

Red dock (Rumex sanguineusOrganic

Beautiful red veined foliage is wonderful in spring salads. Light sorrel/spinach flavor. Grows 24″ tall, with brown seed heads in fall. Likes sun or partial shade.

Daylily ‘Citron’ (Hemerocallis var.Organic

Edible buds and shoots can be steamed or stir fried and sweet petals can be added to salads or tempura. As with any new food, sample a small amount to make sure it agrees with you. Double orange flowers bloom all summer long. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Grows 24-36″ tall.

Egyptian Walking Onions (Allium x proliferumOrganic

Eat the greens, bulbs or the little bulblets that grow at the tip of the stem. When they get heavy they ‘walk’ (tip over and root on the ground). Perfect for tucking into pickling jars. Produces early spring through late fall if watered regularly.

Sculpit, Stridolo, Bladder campion (Silene vulgaris) Organic

A carnation relative native to Europe that is good in spring salads, risotto and egg dishes. Cold-tolerant, mild-flavored greens are produced much of the year. White flowers in summer. Grows 12″ tall and 12-18″ wide.

 Succulents Organic

Dwarf stonecrop ‘Coral Carpet’ (Sedum album)

Sedum ‘Angelina’  (Sedum rupestre)

Sedum ‘Blue Spruce’  (Sedum reflexum)

Sedum ‘Capo Blanco’ (Sedum spathulifolium)

Sedum ‘Dragon’s Blood’ (Sedum spurium)

Oregon sedum (Sedum oreganum)

Sedum sp. (Sedum var.)

Hens and chicks (Sempervivum sp.)

Indoor Plants Organic


Weeping podocarpus

Saxifrage ‘Maroon Beauty’

Wildflower and Veggie Seed Collections and Seed Packets – SeeSEED LIST


imgresBook ‘Attracting Native Pollinators’ by the Xerces Society
Everything you need to know about creating habitat and identifying native bees. Soft cover, beautiful color photos, 370 pages.


Book ‘Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration by Tao Orion. A well-researched, alternative perspective on invasive species and holistic land management. Soft cover, 272 pages.


Mason bees working nesting tubes.

Mason bees working nesting tubes.

Mason Bee House
Cedar nesting block for our early fruit tree pollinators, the mason bees. Fill it with bee tubes. Handmade in Arbor Lodge by Bob and Ginger Edwards, the team behind pesticide-free Arbor Lodge Park. $1 from each house sold goes towards that ongoing project.

Garden Consultation– Portland Metro

A site visit to your yard to help you place your new plants and answer any edible gardening or general landscaping questions you have. To schedule a consultation, email or call 503-956-0152. Read more here.

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Disclaimer: All information provided on this website is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or illnesses. Consult a health professional for medical advice.

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