When landscaping your yard or business property in Port Moody, use this Preferred Plant List as a general guide for selecting the most appropriate native plants for the area. We recommend native plants because they provide food and shelter for wildlife and are adapted to our local climate, soils, predators, pollinators, and diseases. However, not all native plants are suitable for urban gardens. The flip side includes a list of plants to avoid because they may attract bears to your yard.

When selecting your plants, remember to consider factors such as soil type, moisture conditions, sun exposure, human-wildlife interaction and wildfire risk.

The City's Preferred Plant List supports our Naturescape Policy

Recommended for your garden

Attract birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your yard.

Ground Cover and Perennials

 Low or Dull Oregon Grape Mahonia nervosa
 False Lily of the Valley Maianthemum dilatatum
 Nodding Onion Allium cernuum
 Red Columbine Aquilegia formosa 
 Sword Fern Polystichum munitum
 Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Shrubs
 
 Baldhip Rose Rosa gymnocarpa
 Beaked Hazelnut Corylus cornuta
 Hardhack Spiraea douglasii
 Mock Orange Philadelphus lewisii
 Nootka Rose Rosa nutkana
 Oceanspray Holodiscus discolor
 Pacific Ninebark Physocarpus capitatus
 Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus
Tall Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium
Trees 
 
 Big Leaf Maple Acer macrophyllum
 Cascara Rhamnus purshiana
 Douglas Fir Pseudotsuga menziesii
 Native Willow Species Salix ssp
 Pacific Dogwood Cornus nuttallii
 Sitka Spruce Picea Sitchensis
 Vine Maple Acer circinatum
 Western Red Cedar Thuja plicata
Vines
 
 Western Trumpet Lonicera ciliosa

Not recommended for your garden

Avoid attracting bears to your yard.

 Ground Cover
 
 Lady Fern Athyrium filix-femina
 Salal Gaultheria shallon
 Sedge Carex spp
Shrubs 
 
 Indian Plum Oemleria cerasiformis
 Salmonberry Rubus spectabilis
 Saskatoon/Serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia
 Red-osier Dogwood Cornus stolonifera
 Red Flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum
 Thimbleberry Rubus parviflorus
 Twinberry Lonicera involucrata
Trees 
 
 Bitter Cherry Prunus emarginata
 Pacific Crab Apple Malus fusca
 Red Elderberry Sambucus racemosa
 Sitka Mountain-ash Sorbus sitchensis

Plants listed as 'not recommended' still have ecological value and may be used in shoreline restoration or other restoration projects with appropriate oversight by qualified environmental professionals.