All of these listed are hardy in the Pacific Northwest

I really need to stress that one needs to PLAN before planting. I will include one of my own mistakes as soon as I get a picture. One also needs to understand that all properties have microclimates, created by ones own home, surrounding trees, prevailing wind patterns (especially in the summer) and the structures of your neighbors.  Useage of rock paths and large rocks is also especially worth considering and can be very attractive.



Arctostaphylos columbianum (native)  many great varieties to pick from.

Arbutus unedo

Berberis all varieties

Cactus - Hardy species

Caryopteris cland. "Blue Mist"



Cistus laurifolius and other dwarf forms

Daphne burkwookdii  (Carol Mackie Daphne)

Eunoymous elatum (Burning bush) E. alatus

Paxistima myrtifolia (Oregon Boxwood)


Phormium tenax (dwarf forms)

Rhomneya coulteri

Garrya eliptica (slow)

Mahonia aquifolium, repens or others

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

Rhododendron mac. Pacific Rododendron and other specie Rhododendrons. 'occidentale' N.

Rhamnus frangula 'Aslenifolia'

Ribies species Western Flowering Current (N) Some dwarf forms are available.

Rosa Rugosa

Salix purpurea (very nice with carex comans)

Spirea species. Some are native such as S. douglasia. I however love "Limemound"



Yucca (dwarf varieties)

Ribies sanguineum


Achilea dwarfs such as A. tomentosat.

Ajuga dwarf varieties (for shadier situations)

Anacyylus depressus  (Atlas Daisy)

Antennaria rosea  (pussytoes)

Arctostaphylos uva ursi (nice with wooly thyme)

Campanula  (many varieties)

Ceanothus gloriosus

Cerastium (Snow in summer) can be very invasive!

Deleosperma (dwarf hardy iceplants) cooperi and nubignum

Dianthus (dwarf species)

Fragaria chiloensis  (dwarf miniature strawberry) (Native) 'Green Pastures' is a nice choice.

Pachysandra (plant with native ginger) for shady sites.

Pensteman pinifolius.  There are many other forms of dwarf penstemons as well  P. barrettiae (N)

Zauschneria californica

Sedum hispanicum as well as many others. S. Nevii

Sempervivum - Heuvellii  (Hen and chicks -- hundreds to pick from).

Thymes such as T. Pink Chintz

A totally scared and immature hawk that landed on my roof after the "red, white and blue fireworks." I believe it survived, but how many  do not? These deaths are rarely documented and yet property owners of hawk/eagle nesting zones are supposed to be protected and failing to do so can leave one with mind boggling fines or confiscation of property! That said, July is a time for many young birds to mature and I wonder at the ever diminishing number of the birds I once had around my home. Fireworks?? Perhaps.

I really have a problem with the many double standards of Washington State.

Reservation (Independent sovereign nations) continue selling illegal fireworks ... and BTW offer  great disclaimers with their adds, such as " Do not use where not allowed, yet post adds as below." 

BOOM TIME  Snoqualmie Fireworks

A more responsible site with alternatives can be found here.

Regarding Boom Time and their near pornographic site of fireworks. (Poor website I might add) Guess what, near everwhere! Yet, if some kids  sets my  'eagle nest tree' on fire and kill the birds -- I the property owner may be held liable, not the tribe.

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Acanthus mollis             


Alliums -- many wonderful choices              

Armeria (Sea-thrift)


Bergenia cordifolia

Chyrsanthemum hosmariense (new name now)

Daylillies use dwarfs

Erysimum kotschyanum

Hardy geraniums. Dwarf cranebill geraniums. Can be weedy!

Heuchera (Coral Bells)

Hellianthemum (sun rose)

Hosta, dwarf or large forms for shadier moist areas.

Iris unguicularis

Kniphofia (Poker Plants) Dwf. forms only

Lewisia species.

Pacific Coast Iris




Acer circinatum (native) or Korean Maple. A. pseudosieboldianum

Alders and Birch

Cercis species

Eleagnus angustifolia

Hippophae rhamnoides

Japanese Hornebeam

Myrica californica

Prunus laurocerasus

Prunus lusitanica

Tsuga heterophylla

Quercus garryana  (N) OAK  Usually too large for the garden. Red Oaks and Pin Oaks are more suitable.


Campsis radicans  (Trumpet vine)

Lonicera (honeysuckle)  ???

Vitis purpurea  (dwarfish purple foliaged grape)


If you know of any others I should include please  contact me.

Many more varieties are out there, especially if you live in milder climates.

And always remember Fire Resisitant does not mean "Fireproof"!

Even fire-resistant plants will burn if not well maintained. Be sure to keep all of your land-scape plants healthy with appropriate watering and dead heading!

Fire conditions and forest fires will get worse and funding for prevention has been lost to the costs of fighting them. A must read !


Anyhow, I was a bit surprised when the Daily News printed an article of a former Fire Chief presenting a course of “Fire Resistant Plants” at the Masters Gardeners.   So much like what I have posted and sent to the Daily News weeks ago and to the Fire Chief in Sequim in 1995.  As expected the newspaper did not print my article on Fireworks as it would offend. Trouble being that a Canadian company now owns ALL the newspapers in Clallam County. Bit of a problem there! (Black Press -- so appropriate! They also tried to absorb the Pt. Townsend newspaper as well.
Just a strange set of circumstances? I did edit it and added more suggested plants. More will be done when I have time. Including a damning photo of my own place and my own bad landscaping.For now I picked on your own or lack of it. Many, Many years ago I suggested the City of Sequim, or the Fire station should do a display garden of fire-resistant plants/landscaping which would also include nice rocks! The second link is the plant list I gave to the Fire marshal back in the mid nineties.
I will print out some things to present to the commissioners next week. So many issues aside from the fire fighting costs to fireworks. Toxic metals in the fireworks, Air pollution, environment degradation. Ediz spit clean-up costs.  Costs to the district and county to fight fires set  by illegal fireworks etc. Just following the fireworks an immature hawk landed on my roof. Did it get spooked by the fireworks that continued way past the time period allowed? I think so. Add Dept. of Wildlife to my list..
Many years ago the local fire dept. and the DNR responded to a fire near the Fish Hatchery. That logged off property belonged to a friend of mine and there where a lot of burn piles (fuel) ready to ignite. Thankfully you stopped it from spreading.  It is my hope that if the county commissioners cannot achieve any change due to politics, that perhaps the Fire Districts could talk to the four tribes and perhaps put an end to the “illegal” stuff and substitute alternative means of celebration.
Legal stuff can also damage as the grandson of  a second client of mine set off ground fireworks that caused a grass fire that came damn close to taking out the barn. In my own case, I picked off five bombs that had landed within five feet of my house and the Bay tree I have pictured.
Anyhow, I hope this helps a bit.  My own gut feeling is that we have been fortunate in regards to massive wildfires caused by lightning.  When I was in my 20’s I did my volunteering in Santa Cruz, CA and was involved in one hell of a fire. I never hope to see that ever again. Eucalyptus, Oak, Poison Oak and Redwoods. It became a crown fire. I spent days mopping up and then weeks on steroids for the poison oak inhalation.

Mind you since then, the Park system successfully destroyed two wonderful water resource dams. I was never an admirer of this  damn removal project. Not only have we removed two water tanker load zones to protect Clallam Co. but  if the weather becomes drier, these removals will also affect water storage that we may well need as our climate gets drier and as long as the realters keep selling property.

The closest fresh water airborne tanker refueling  zone will be Lake Crescent or the shallow Lake Ozette near Neah Bay. I think I preferred the closer sites next to Port Angeles. In the meantime we should all remember the Great Forks Fire in 1951. I knew someone who fought in that conflagration and be in on the Miller Penninsula or elsewhere, it WILL happen again.

(C) Herb Senft  July 2013