‘Leave the Leaves,’ But Make Sure You’re Helping to Balance the Ecosystem

    Leave the leaves is a popular buzz phrase these days, meant to help wildlife and ecosystem services. Many critters, including turtles, toads, birds, mammals, pollinators, moths, butterflies, and […]

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Perspectives on Perspective

  A common request we get as part of a landscape design is screening. People don’t want to look at their HVAC units, electric meters, or their neighbors’ trampoline. Screening […]

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12 Common Plant to Avoid and Their Native Alternatives

  As we start to think about winter, it’s a great time to consider landscape upgrades and changes for the upcoming spring.  While we are dreaming of plants and browsing […]

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Perennial Native Naturalizers

Plants grow in communities based on soils, exposure, climate and rarely stand alone. Yet, humans have the odd habit or aesthetic style of making shrubs green islands in a sea […]

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Changing Ideas of Beauty

Who doesn’t love a field of flowers? Especially native forbs and grasses, where butterflies, moths, pollinators, birds and other beneficial insects eat and shelter. I find the infinite blooms and […]

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Gardening for Wildlife

Gardening for wildlife has never been more important! With as much as 52% of the world’s population of vertebrate species on decline, habitat loss is one of the greatest threats […]

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A Living Landscape

We are surrounded by many landscapes, but are they living? A house and garage expansion made way for this major site renovation, which includes a large edible garden with multiple […]

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Why the Natives are Restless

We have discussed creating native areas, non-native invasive plants, and native naturalizers but why do native plants play such a key role in our landscapes and beyond? Perhaps the biggest […]

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