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Category: landscape design | Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:38 pm

Rudbeckia/Brown Eyed Susan ( photo / image / picture from Creative_1's Garden )

My favorite way to make a garden green (er) -- is with native plants and natural materials. This is a great style -- adaptable to any area.

Check out your local materials and research some local plants. In Wisconsin, we've got lots of woodlands, prairies, rolling hills and farmland.

Set off your 'natural' garden with wood. Wood tile and furniture -- even wood fencing and wood edging are a great choice in our area.

Choose native plants. With a little research, you can find natives that are just right. Some of my favorites are Physocarpus (Ninebark), Birch tree, Grey Owl Juniper, Liatris, and Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan)

Finally, consider some traditional plants. These would be plants that aren't native, but have been in the area a long time -- the ones that remind you of grandma's farm. Lilacs and apple trees are my favs here.

Remember to have a design plan and have fun. This is a design style that will leave you smiling.


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Frank wrote on Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:57 pm:

Inspiring article Heidi, thanks.


Creative_1 wrote on Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:07 pm:

Thanks, Frank. Don't forget that natural plants promote wildlife, too. For those of us that love butterflies and birds -- this is the way to go. :)


eileen wrote on Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:16 pm:

Hi there,
You are quite right - native plants are definately the way to go to attract wildlife. I so enjoy seeing everything sprouting after a long winter and seeing all the insects, birds, amphibians and small mammals taking up residence again.

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