With what's called a "butterfly" roof, this midcentury modern home is a vision of indoor/outdoor living. Here, the expansive porch boasts built-in benches, dining table and chairs, and a gorgeous collection of native flowers, plants, trees and succulents.
This gorgeous garden gets less structured and more native the farther you get away from the home. Large square planters contain succulents and flowers in an orderly manner, while native plants and ornamental grasses take over as the land extends in the distance. A wood deck provides a perfect vantage point to enjoy the Japanese-style garden.
A native plant, mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) has pink buds in spring that open to white cup-shape flowers. This native typically grows 5 to 8 feet tall and wide. Mountain laurel is a stand-out evergreen shrub because it tolerates shade (although best flowering occurs in light shade). Look for varieties with red, pink or bicolor blooms, double or large flowers, and buds that stay tight, adding an interesting texture to the shrub. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
The Tropical Plumeria flower is native to Mexico, Venezuela and Central America. This flower is also grown abundantly in Hawaii to the extent that it is even considered to be the original location of the Tropical Plumeria flower.
This native plant has it all: fragrance, fascinating flowers, red fruit, pretty fall color and winter interest. Sugar Shack Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis ‘SMCOSS’) reduces the large native to a size that fits most yards. Flowers appear through summer and attract all kinds of pollinators, including butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Several butterfly species lay eggs on buttonbush, so don’t be surprised if you spot caterpillars munching leaves. Plants grow to shrub size, reaching 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-10.
Witchhazels bloom in the fall or winter, depending on the species. The flowers of the native Hamamelis virginiana appear anytime from October to December and may be mostly lost amid the fall foliage, but you can still enjoy their fragrance.
Mountain laurel is a go-to favorite when it comes to shrubs that thrive in shady conditions. This native shrub grows as an understory plant in forests east of the Mississippi River. The true native form opens white flowers. ‘Pink Charm’ brings on spring color with bright pink blossoms that attract hummingbirds. Evergreen leaves add to the landscape year-round. Plants grow 8 to 10 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Good to know: Light shade with some sun coaxes best flower color.
Bronze-maroon leaves give Tiny Wine Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘SMPOTW’) stand-out color that holds its own in mixed shrub borders or perennial beds. Flowers appear in late spring. This native plant grows 3-5 feet high and 3-4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
The flowers of Aechmea frassyi are striking as they start to form, looking something akin to a pineapple. This Brazilian native bromeliad grows as both an epiphyte and a soil-rooted plant in the wild. In the plant trade, it’s often sold as Aechmea multiflora.
Off the Palladian home, a negative-edge pool blends into the natural surroundings, dropping off into a beautiful waterfall below. Well-planned flower beds, featuring native plantings, soften the strong geometric lines of the hardscaping.
If you love hummingbirds, include cardinal flower (Lobelia speciosa) in your yard. The brilliant red blossoms on this perennial are a magnet for hummers. Plants branch well and produce flowers on strong upright spikes from midsummer into early fall. Site this native in full sun to part shade. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 20 to 24 inches tall by 12 to 14 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 6-10. If you prefer pink flowers, look for ‘Starship Rose’ cardinal flower.
Ox Eye daisies provide a soft texture and vibrant white flower against a garden with strong stone features. The use of native plants in the large planting beds help to create separation amongst the architectural features of the garden.
Should they need a break from their day-to-day, the owners can follow the travertine walkway to this side garden. Here, trimmed hedges, flowering bushes and native plants create an idyllic spot for reflection.