Designing with native plants

Of course, adding plants of whatever sort is really what I encourage, but native plants are my favorite plant palette as are the ones of my gardening companion.

Teaching a class at the NC Arboretum today had me adding the sidebar of the updated presentation,- "Designing with native plants" along with pushing up (on the side bar, too) my favorite "Home Gardening Fundamentals" references, that include Julie Moir Messervy's Home Outside: Creating a Landscape that You Love.  

What a wonderful book, as are her others! 

And Gordon Haywood's book about
Creating a welcoming garden, equally brilliant.