In its July issue, Midwest Home Magazine featured author and longtime gardener Lynn Steiner on working with native plants. “Once I discovered how wonderful and beneficial they are,” she says, “I’ve focused on helping people incorporate more natives into traditional landscapes.”
3955 Walden Shores exhibits a perfect example of a thriving entry garden. Native and non-native trees, shrubs, and perennials work together to create an exceptionally scenic environment that encourages diverse insects and pollinators. Part of this landscape’s charm are the picturesque destinations: a winding walkway opens upon a lush arcade that connects to a hidden patio. These features surround guests in nature. At each knee wall, it is tangible and within reach. On each patio, in a secret woodland garden, it is overwhelming in scale.
August can be a great time to catch a second-wind in your garden! Trees, shrubs, and perennials can all be planted, now, in order to take root. If you are thinking of adding native plants to your landscape, Lynn Steiner advises, “Don’t worry about it. There is no secret, just use the same techniques you use with other perennials in your gardens…You still need to prepare your soil and remove weeds and water them until they get established. Then they should do just fine.”