Native landscaping is part of a popular trend relating to outdoor environments in which the installed landscape is indigenous or native to a particular geographic environment or region. 

What this typically allows for is landscape that not only blends more organically with the surroundings but often requires fewer pesticides to maintain.

When considering native landscaping here are 10 helpful hints:

  • Research to learn which plants are native to your area or region.
  • Select a landscape specialist with knowledge of native landscaping.
  • Visit a local nursery to gather information and ask questions.
  • Evaluate your soil to understand the ideal location for planting.
  • Have a water system in place. You will want to avoid areas that accumulate excess water.
  • Create a landscape plan first, then plant.
  • Select plantings that allow for succession of bloom or year-round foliage.
  • Choose a sunny location for your landscape.
  • Incorporate plantings that will grow both at different widths and heights.
  • Look to blend both color, shape and size into your native landscape

By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service (TNS). Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design home staging expert and short-term rental/vacation home designer with offices in New York City and The Hudson Valley. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at ©2024 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.