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Designing with Plant Communities in Mind

Ecological plantings are gaining popularity, but also face challenges due to environmental conditions and cultural expectations. When these plantings fail, it discourages future ecological landscaping efforts. We won’t solve this problem if we continue to design as if it we were painting on canvas, perceiving plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new approach: a plant community based approach that evolved from the world of ecological science.

Claudia West is the ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries; her work is centered on the development of stable, layered planting designs and the desire to bring American native plants back into our landscape.

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