Native and Drought Tolerant Plants. Hummingbird and Butterfly Plants. Local Native Trees & Shrubs

Rock Garden Plants and Green Roof Plants.

Desert Jewels Nursery specializes in plants for people who want to save water and still have a beautiful landscape. We grow hardy, locally adapted, and drought tolerant plants that can bring beauty while using minimal resources.

Environmentally conscious homeowners and landscapers, people who wish to encourage birds and butterflies, people on wells with low water availability, rock gardeners and collectors will all find something interesting and beautiful at Desert Jewels Nursery.

Former roadside “hell strip” planted with ‘Mostly Local’ Natives. Very low maintenance, very low water requirement. Desert Yellow Daisy, Blue Mist Penstemon, Barrett’s Penstemon, Hackelia, Desert Penstemon, Oregon Sunshine.

Dry garden summer delights. Western natives Deep Blue Penstemon, Firecracker Penstemon, and Tufted Evening-primrose make a brilliant display in late June.

Desert Jewels Nursery grows plants for the rock garden, ground covers, and Xeriscape plants. We grow Penstemons, Desert Buckwheats, Sedums, and many native species that thrive on rocky soils. Some of these plants, including many Sedums, are also useful for green roof applications.

Xeriscape Plants

Our focus is on beautiful, flowering drought-adapted western native plants, including those native to the Columbia Basin. In addition to our regional natives, we grow some Southwestern species that are fully hardy and beautiful in a very low water planting.

Reduced Water Plants

Plants from the American prairie create a colorful home landscape with low water inputs. The first year prairie garden in the photo was watered once every two weeks through its first summer, in a summer with no rainfall.

Local Native Trees & Shrubs

This year, in addition to our desert shrubs that we start from seeds, we are offering many different species of local forest trees & shrubs. This includes Douglas maple, Serviceberry, Kinnickinnik, Snowberry, and many others.

Most plants are grown at our nursery, many from wild collected seeds. In production now are 40 Penstemon species, 5 desert buckwheat species (including the bonsai ‘Ming tree’ - thyme-leaf buckwheat), dozens of Sedum and Sempervivum species, bitterroot, wild phlox, blanket flower, Oregon sunshine, and purple sage. Our gardens have Penstemons blooming from late April through hard freeze. Penstemons are the desert jewels our nursery is named for.

At Garden Expo Saturday, May 9


Open Fridays & Saturdays 9-5
April, May, June, September, first week October.
Closed July and August.
We now accept credit cards.

9809 E. Upriver Dr.
Spokane, WA 99206

Driving Directions from I-90: Take the Argonne exit north toward Millwood & Mt. Spokane. Cross the river and turn right (east) at the first stoplight, on Upriver Drive. Our nursery is about ˝ mile east, on the left (north) side of the street. Map


Phone: (509)893-3771

Prairie Garden
Prairie garden in summer.
Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose (Oenothera caespitosa).
Oregon Sunshine
Butterflies love Oregon Sunshine Eriophyllum lanatum
Shrubby Penstemon
Shrubby Penstemon (P. fruticosus). Washington native blooms in spring in dry rocky sites. Evergreen shrub grows up to 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide.
Oenothera Missouriensis
Missouri Evening Primrose (Oenothera missouriensis). Enormous, pure yellow flowers for many weeks in summer, on a drought tolerant American Prairie native. Does fine on just two waterings a month.

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