Elisabeth C. Miller Library

Directory of Recommended Links

Plant Selection

Andersen Horticultural Library's Plant Information Online
Plant Information Online is the largest online database covering currently cultivated plants of North America. Included here are current North American nursery suppliers for over 100,000 plants, almost 400,000 citations to current plant science literature, a meta search engine of horticultural websites and listings for more than 1000 North American seed and nursery firms.

Bean's Trees and Shrubs
An online version of Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles by W J Bean published by the International Dendrology Society.

Bellevue Botanical Gardens Waterwise Garden
Map and plant list for a garden of low water use plants in the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

Cal Poly UFEI SelecTree
A tree selection guide from Cal Poly Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute including trees native to CA and elsewhere. Allows search by characteristics and mentions general root growth tendencies for many trees that grow in the PNW. Although this service is based in California it provides considerable practical information for all regions about many tree species and their suitability in urban environments. A nursery connection map helps locate sources to buy specific trees.

Choosing the Right Plants
This Seattle Public Utilities site includes links to pdf files for choosing the right plant for the right place and a plant list for the Pacific Northwest.

Dave's Garden, PlantFiles
Database with information about plants, including comments from gardeners

Dry Profusion; An experiment in drought tolerance settles for nothing less than lush.
Description of a drought-tolerant garden near Seattle by Valerie Easton in the Seattle Times.

Ecoregional Planting Guides (for pollinators)
A collections of booklets that recommends the best plants for attracting pollinators such as bees, butterflies and birds to various eco-geographic regions of the United States, including the "Pacific lowland mixed province forest" (Oregon & Washington). The booklet also describes the pollinators likely to be found living in the regions as well as general information on encouraging pollinator populations. Published by the The Pollinator Partnership™/North American Pollinator Protection Campaign.

This site will help you locate that rose, peonies and clematis you're looking for. They have information for over 45,000 varieties and species, many with sources.

Fine Gardening's Plant Guide
A simple search gives access to over a thousand plant descriptions, many with photos and readers' opinions. Or browse by many different categories, such as variegated foliage, flower color and height.

Garden for Wildlife - Making Wildlife Habitat at Home
By National Wildlife Federation. How to attract birds, insects, and amphibians. How to build houses/nests for bats, bees, and birds. How to create a neighbor and wildlife friendly backyard.

A community for gardeners with a forum for discussion and asking questions and an extensive database of plants with photos. Registered members can create blogs and list what plants they have to share or want to acquire. You can also listen to regular podcasts from site owners and avid gardeners Dave and Trish. This site will get you through the winter and let you share your gardening passion with like minded folk. Garden.org is published by the National Gardening Association.

Great Plant Picks for the Northwest
The Great Plant Picks program is a new plant awards program designed to help the home gardener identify foolproof plants for their Pacific Northwest garden.The program is targeted at gardeners in the maritime Pacific Northwest. This includes gardens north of Eugene, Oregon; southern British Columbia; and west of the Cascade Mountains.

Greater Seattle Plant Sharing Cooperative Facebook Group
A private Facebook group with the mission: "to make plants available to more people in order to improve our communities."

No shortage of ways to deal with the trickle effect.
Tips on plant selection and irrigation for Pacific Northwest gardens. An article by Marty Wingate.

Plants for a Future Species Database
The Plants for a Future Species Database contains details of over 7000 plants, all of which are either edible, have medicinal properties or have some other use such as fibers, oils or soaps. For each plant the database contains details of the uses of the plants, as well as information of the environment it will grow in and cultivation details.

Plants have to be tough to hang out on the streets.
Plant selection for planting strips. A Seattle P.I. article by Marty Wingate.

Saving Water Partnership
A Service of Seattle and participating area water utilities, with practical information on improving soil and choosing the right plants.

Seattle Public Utilities Natural Lawn & Garden Care
How to reduce waste, conserve water, save time and money, and protect our environment and your family’s health – all while growing a beautiful yard

Summer-Dry: Celebrate Plants in Summer Dry Gardens
Photos by Saxon Holt from the original book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates (available in the Miller Library).

The Organic Garden: A dry garden can be lush and water-wise.
Plant selection for the low water-use garden. A Seattle P.I. article by Ann Lovejoy.

The Plant List by the Saving Water Partnership
A pdf brochure listing of plants with various water requirements.

Trees are Good
Sponsored by the International Society of Arboriculture, this site offers factsheets on tree care and selection as well as a database for finding professional arborists anywhere in the world.

Trees for Seattle
The City of Seattle encourages the planting of trees along public streets. This site is the umbrella for all of the City of Seattle's urban forestry efforts. Trees must be planted to standards outlined on this website. Lists of recommended trees, graded by size, and prohibited trees are included.

WSU Spokane County, Native and Drought Tolerant Plants
Resources, plant lists, and publications about drought and drought tolerant plants.