Oregon Sunshine is both an excellent rock garden or perennial bed addition as well as a pollinator plant. It provides habitat for native beetles, flies, moths, bees, and butterflies. It is incredibly drought tolerant and is found growing in dry, rocky or sandy soil.
Wild buckwheats are generally compact in size, and heat and drought tolerant, making them excellent additions to rock gardens. They provide food for numerous birds and small mammals and are excellent pollinator plants for native bees and butterflies.
With 280 Penstemon (Beardtongue) species native to North America, these showy plants share similar tubular flowers of varying colors and perform best in dry, well-drained soils. They're so well loved an American Penstemon Society was formed by gardeners in the 1940s. You too can join!
The most beautiful parasite of all! The Castilleja genus is hemiparastic, meaning it has the ability to photosynthesize on its own, however it forms modified roots that draw water and nutrients from its chosen host plant, often a perennial forb or grass.
This common, delicate wildflower is often seen growing in mass, creating a sea of sky blue flowers that flow in the breeze. While the individual flowers are short lived, it produces new flowers continuously for months. It is very drought tolerant and reseeds readily.
This widely recognized species has the ability to grow in nutrient poor soils as it is a nitrogen fixer, meaning it has the ability to take in nitrogen from the atmosphere and convert into fertilizer. Not only that, it is quite beautiful, and numerous cultivars and hybrids have been produced for the home garden. Beware however that some Lupines are poisonous to livestock, so be mindful of your neighbors!
Globemallow are show stoppers that tolerate the most harsh of environments. They thrive in sunny, hot, dry conditions and continuously produce apricot (generally) flowers borne on woody stems with grey-green leaves.