1 – Think of your garden as a seasonal sculpture. You can chisel a little here and there, take a few steps back and see if you need to take more off at one end, or put more on. A native garden is a very personal work of art that must be both pleasing to you aesthetically, and pleasing to the wildlife it supports. With a little bit of know-how and effort, you can accomplish this easily. Keep in mind that it does take time to see what works and what doesn’t, so be patient, and remember to chose your locations for plants based on their likes (sun-loving plants go in the sun for example).

2 – Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure will happen, and it’s a positive thing because there is always something to learn from it. With every failure, you’re gaining knowledge.

3 – Don’t fertilize. Native plants are well adapted for the type of soil you already have. If a plant doesn’t do well, the reason is more likely to be the wrong plant in the right location (possibly the amount of light or degree of moisture.)

4 – It’s okay to leave some non-native plants if they aren’t invasive and add to the look you are going for.