Plant Right for Your Site

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Choose plants that are well-adapted to Bellevue’s climate and to your garden’s conditions to guarantee success. The right plants in the right place will thrive without a lot of care, water, fertilizer or pesticides. In the wrong situation, plants will struggle no matter how much attention you give them. By taking the time to get to know your yard’s conditions and planning your landscape accordingly, you’ll enjoy a more beautiful garden for less money and work.

  • Get to know your site conditions before choosing plants.
  • Choose pest-resistant, disease-resistant and drought-tolerant plants.
  • Plant trees to provide shade, reduce water needs, slow stormwater runoff and create wildlife habitat.
  • Give lawns and vegetables full sun and consider reducing your lawn size.
  • Organize plants needing lots of care into small, easy-to-access clusters.
  • Create native plant zones near streams and lakes to protect water quality.


  • Enjoy plants that thrive naturally.
  • Spend less on water, fertilizer and pesticides.
  • Spend less time working in your garden and more time enjoying it.

Here in Bellevue

Bellevue’s maritime climate is moderate and welcoming to a broad palette of plants. Conifers, ferns and broadleaf evergreens dominate native forests. Consider native plants when planning your garden, especially when gardening near streams, lakes and wetlands. For inspiration and more information on plants that will thrive locally, visit the Waterwise Garden and other gardens at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

Additional Resources

Garden Design Guide
Soil Guide
Plant Right Guide
Lawn Alternative Guide
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Great Plant Picks
Northwest Native Plant Guide