Purple coneflowers and other native plants in front of house

Photo and article by Rose Moore, Master Naturalist

As a naturalist and lover of natural landscapes, I am always seeking ways of making my home landscape look it's best while using native plantings.

It all started 15 years go when building my house. I was determined to stick with a non-traditional landscape around the foundation of the structure. After all the house was in a particularly beautiful natural setting so why not use that to showcase native plantings.

photo of rainbow colored paper arranged in a design

I have a confession to make. I am a data nerd. I love a good spreadsheet, seeing all those numbers (data points) neatly arrayed. But I am also an artist. And at first glance those two would seem to be incompatible. But they are not.

original artwork of wahoo fruit

Every fall, I engage in the ritual of scouring the various woodlots on my property to remove invasive honeysuckle.