top of page

Learn How to Plant a Native Gardens in a Smaller Home

In the heart of Douglas, Michigan, lies a testament to the beauty and sustainability of native plant landscaping. What was once a typical home surrounded by conventional landscaping has been transformed into a breathtaking oasis, with native plants and vibrant ecosystems. This transformation not only showcases the aesthetic appeal of native plants but also serves as a practical example of how they can be utilized in small spaces and home gardens.

The Challenge of Small Spaces

One of the primary challenges in landscaping small spaces is finding plants that enhance the beauty of the home without overwhelming the area. Our project in Douglas, Michigan, addressed this challenge head-on.

By carefully selecting and placing native plants like Carex grasses and Foamflower near the sidewalk, we ensured that the natural beauty of the area was highlighted without encroaching on pedestrian paths. This thoughtful planning allowed us to maintain the delicate balance between lush landscaping and practical considerations.

The Front Garden Bed: A Showcase of Native Splendor

Perhaps the most striking feature of our transformation is the front garden bed, where we introduced Butterfly Weed. This plant, often overlooked as a native species, is a perfect example of the hidden gems in native plant gardening. Its bright orange flowers not only attract butterflies but also add a pop of color to the landscape, proving that native plants can be both beautiful and beneficial.

How to Plant a native garden

The Philosophy of Native Plant Gardening

Incorporating native plants into landscaping is not just about choosing the right species; it's about understanding the ecosystem and working in harmony with nature. We advocate for scattering similar plants in an area to create a cohesive look that feels intentional and harmonious. This video shares our journey and the lessons we've learned about maintaining and designing a native garden, offering viewers practical tips and inspiration.

The Impact of Native Plant Gardening

This transformation in Douglas, Michigan, is more than just a landscaping project; it's a call to action. It demonstrates the potential of native plant gardening to create sustainable, beautiful, and practical landscapes, even in small spaces. By choosing native plants, homeowners can contribute to local ecosystems, support biodiversity, and enjoy the unique beauty that these plants bring to their gardens.

As we share our journey and the beauty of this transformed Michigan home, we invite you to consider the role of native plants in your own garden. Whether you're looking to create a small oasis or enhance your existing landscaping, native plants offer a world of possibilities. Join us in embracing the beauty and sustainability of native plant gardening.


bottom of page