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Wednesday What\'s New: Take Charge! Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Wednesday, 14 March 2007
Redbud tree and azalea understory

Many homeowners hire a landscape designer or contractor. You probably know someone who has or you might even be thinking of hiring one yourself. The problem is, many landscape contractors and even landscape designers use the same plant palette over and over again—and it probably isn’t one that includes native plant species.

One way to solve this problem is to take charge of your landscape. Instead of letting the contractor or designer decide which plants use, you be the one to decide what gets planted. Taking charge can be as simple as asking whether a plant is native or exotic and opting for the native plant, or as complex as researching and compiling your own list of native plants for the landscape designer or contractor to use.

If you opt for garden composed entirely of native species, be prepared for a protest or two from the contractor who will tell you that nurseries don’t carry blueflag iris or , northern bayberry, or redbud. It may be true that the nursery the contractor obtains plant material from doesn’t carry native plants, but there are nurseries that do. And whether you use a landscape contractor or not, in most cases you’ll still need to play detective and do much of the legwork yourself.

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