During the historic snow storm this past weekend here in Virginia, I decided to spend some time thinking about my garden and my continued efforts to transition to native plants.

Here is a great article by the American Society of Landscape Architects that explains why.

I started my garden about 10 years ago before I was aware of the importance of planting natives in the landscape. I care about wildlife and the environment and I want my garden to be beautiful and magical! This misconception is that you can’t have both.

Below are some photos of my garden which includes several native plants as well as many non-natives. My plan this year is to remove some of the non-native invasives and replace with  beautiful natives. I am going to write a series of posts focusing on one area at a time, identifying beautiful native alternatives for each area.

My front garden, half is full sun, half is full shade. I have some natives growing here, but there is much to be done about some of the invasive, non-natives I have included.


A section of my “woodland” garden – with a stone path through the Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum), and invasive non-native.

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First area of focus: Ground cover for shaded areas