Senior Landscape Architect Samuel H. Williamson Associates Portland, Oregon
A how-to guide for planting designers to integrate native plants into ornamental gardens, focusing on residential landscapes. We explain why gardens around homes are a special opportunity, how to work with clients’ perceptions of native plants, and strategies for finding the right plants for successful, beautiful, and biodiverse gardens.
Communicate why native plants are important to biodiversity and how to sell that approach to yourself, your design team, and your client.
Develop a simple solution to increase wildlife habitat by targeting critical species such as birds, butterflies, moths, and bees.
Assess ecoregions and habitat types to find and use suitable native plants with desirable ornamental qualities and roles within the garden.
Understand how adjustments for climate change, urban heat island effect, and maintenance can impact the long-term success of biodiverse native plantings.