Selecting the right plant for the right location involves several factors. Choosing the appropriate plant requires considering things like sun exposure, water needs, growth habit, bloom and even evergreen or deciduous form. Foliage and stem color may influence your final decision. If you have children or animals perhaps berry/ fruit producing species should be avoided. A basic consideration is that the plant material is tolerant of the Willamette Valley conditions (Zone 8)
As you assemble your personal plant palette, make use of the many “plant selection” sites or programs available on the internet.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
My favorite; Sunset’s Plant Finder http://plantfinder.sunset.com/plant-home.jsp
Once you pick out your favorites, give DeSantis Landscapes a call and let us assist in developing a “plan” for your selections that places the “right plant in the right place” for you.