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Landscapes Designed with Native Plants

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When it comes to your yard, lawn, or property, it almost seems like a no-brainer: plant the species that would naturally grow there. But some still install invasive species like bamboo that, if not carefully monitored, can contaminate and wreck local ecosystems. These seven examples demonstrate that indigenous foliage provides an equally beautiful, more seamless context for modern homes.

For the landscape design, Burnette sought to maintain the property’s natural vegetation and rocky ground surface.
Xeriscaping-drought-tolerant landscaping—was an important part of the house's resource efficiency.
Native grasses, such as red fescue and California oat, dot the landscape surrounding this house in Big Sur.
More native grasses set the tone near the generously sized concrete pavers leading to the entrance.
"We created a bosque of ironwood (Olneya tesota), one of our most cherished indigenous tree species,” Debra explains.
“It was very important to get the integration between the garden and the house right,” Maynard says.
Native grasses spill forth from the green roof toward a stairway leading to the main level.
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