Answer: Native plants are probably your best choices - once established they'll need no supplemental watering. If you plant in the fall, you won't need to water until their roots get a foothold (rains will do the job for you). If you plant now, you'll need to water all summer to help them become established. Some suggested plants include Fragaria, Mahonia repens (creeping mahonia), and Kinnikinnick as groundcovers, or Amelanchier (saskatoon), Cornus stolonifera (redtwig dogwood), Gaultheria (salal), Leucothoe (Sierra laurel), Mahonia (Oregon Grape), Evergreen Huckleberry and Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale) as shrubs.
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