Landscaping with a Native Plant Focus

Native Plants are adapted to local environmental conditions, they require far less water, saving time, installation costs, and maintenance costs. In addition to providing vital habitat for birds, many other species of wildlife benefits as well.

Common themes in our Landscape Designs  

Layering: Large trees are placed in the back of the landscape. As you work toward the front of the landscape, low-growing species are included. This creates a feeling of a larger space and allows for the best viewing and enjoyment of the variety of species. Designs includes evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, groundcovers and perennials.

Clustering of Similar Species: To create a more natural aesthetic, several plants of similar species are planted together in “drifts” or clusters.

Creating Diversity: At least ten different species are included in each plan to create a more interesting landscape and attract a diversity of wildlife. The plants included provide food and shelter to a wide variety of wildlife species. Evergreen and deciduous species are found in each plan, as well.

Conserving Water: Native plants are adapted to local environmental conditions, they require far less water, saving time, money, and perhaps the most valuable natural resource, water.

Wildlife: In addition to providing vital habitat for birds, many other species of wildlife benefits as well. The colorful array of butterflies and moths, including the iconic monarch, the swallowtails, tortoiseshells, and beautiful blues, are all dependent on very specific native plant species. Native plants provide nectar for pollinators including hummingbirds, native bees, butterflies, moths, and bats. They provide protective shelter for many mammals. The native nuts, seeds, and fruits produced by these plants offer essential foods for all forms of wildlife.

Habitat Features: Brush or rock piles, standing dead trees

Water Features: Birdbaths, ponds, feeders or bird houses

Also, yard art, rockeries and edible gardening!

Design

​Our team of plant experts design landscapes with a focus on holistic, sustainable gardens that are free of pests and require little maintenance. Our knowledge of disease resistant, drought tolerant, and competitive plants increases the success of your landscape and reduces the overall yearly maintenance required to upkeep it. The design phase includes planting plans and planting palettes. Our landscape designers develop a planting plan that delivers both aesthetic and beneficial functions. Qualities we consider include pollinator attractiveness, time of flowering, drought tolerance, color of flowers, and plant height and spread. Our planting plans create a link between your built environment and the natural landscape around us.

 

Install

​Installing plants isn’t as simple as digging a hole and covering up the plants roots. To successfully grow and maintain plants for the long-term, care is needed to attain correct depth, correct orientation, and most importantly: the correct plant. In urban forestry, we have a phrase “Right Tree in the Right Place”. This is especially important for built landscapes (as opposed to native landscapes). If the right tree, or the right shrub or vine isn’t installed in the right place, we can forget a sustainable, maintenance free landscape.

 

Maintain

​Using the “Right Tree in the Right Place” philosophy, maintenance becomes simple. Pruning young trees for structure can be the most important maintenance function after installation. Pruning trees while they are young is easy, and corrects many of the long-term architectural and structural problems old trees face. Cutting of a small branch when a tree is young is a much better choice (and cost effective) than waiting until that tree is mature and cutting off the now grown large branch.