What to Know About Starting Your First Native Plant Garden

Fall is an ideal time to plant a sustainable garden that supports wildlife and looks good too

Fall is my favorite time to start a garden. The temperatures are cooler and rain is more likely, helping plants settle in with less stress. In addition, soil temperatures usually remain warm for a while, which also helps plants get established and develop a strong root system before winter sets in, making them ready to pop in the spring. Here are a handful of things to know about starting a first native plant garden that’s both sustainable and helpful to wildlife.

Getting started: Native Plants 101

August 13, 2017
Houzz Contributor. I’m a big advocate for bringing the tallgrass prairie into our urban lives — only 1% remains, making it more threatened than the Amazon rainforest yet also as effective at sequestering CO2. I own Monarch Gardens LLC, a prairie garden consulting & design firm based in Nebraska / the Midwest, working with clients in person as well as online. I also speak nationally on native plants, sustainable design, and landscape ethics. My 4,500’ home garden has been featured online at Garden Design and Fine Gardening, while my writing and photography appears in over 70 publications. In the coming years we want to restore a 40+ acre prairie and host an artist residency program. My book, A New Garden Ethic, will appear in the fall of 2017.

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