A Landscape Design Methodology
A Landscape Design Methodology - Overview
Contrary to the landscape trade, the design methodology of
Sweet Grass Gardens is simple - let the site dictate the plant material -
ecological gardening. Native plants and Aboriginal plants (species that are
significant to the culture of Native North Americans) are used almost
exclusively in past landscape projects.
Ecological gardens - A JOINT VENTURE WITH NATURE
- Lends itself to improving and rebuilding the environment
- Native plants do not require adaptation to climate or soils
- Have the ability to better withstand diseases and pests
which may attack the garden
- Elimination of chemicals provides an environmentally sound
approach to gardening
Landscaping with native flora offer the following benefits:
- Low maintenance & drought tolerant landscaping
- Aesthetically appealing
- Attracts wildlife and songbirds
- Restores our lost Native plant habitat
ABORIGINAL PLANT USAGE: Plant
species that are significant to the culture of Native North Americans.
- Medicine & drugs
- Fiber & Dyes
- Other - (ceremonial, charms, fragrance, fuel, hunting &
fishing, traditional teachings and story telling)
Native Plants in the Modern Landscape
Working with native plant material allows diversity in the
landscape. Any or all of the following gardens can be incorporated into the
landscape in either a formal or informal setting.
Rock gardens are best suited to poor soils with low moisture.
Practicing the principles of xeriscaping (water conservation) lends itself to an
extremely low maintenance landscape. One type of rock garden can feature plant
species native to the western Sagebrush steppe and alpine zones along the Rocky
Prairie Meadow Gardens
Attention to detail and patience will transform an open area
into a beautiful, natural looking, low maintenance landscape. A tall grass
prairie installation would be significant to the restoration of Canada’s
native grasslands; of which, only 1-% remains.
Plant species, which are significant to the culture of Native
North Americans for either; medicine, food, fiber, dyes, ceremonies or
traditional teachings would be incorporated into the aboriginal garden.
Essentially, this type of garden creates habitat for wildlife.
Using native plant species, the garden will provide cover, nesting grounds and a
natural food source necessary for sustenance of area wildlife.
Butterfly gardens require plant species that will necessitate
all life stages of the butterfly. Native plants will be selected for each of the
following purposes: species on which to lay eggs, food plants for the larvae and
nectar sources for the adult butterfly.
Natural Wetland/Wet meadows/Pond Gardens
Wetland gardens are useful for enhancing the look of
functional storm water ponds. They are instrumental in natural wastewater
management systems by providing water purification. A third use for wetland
gardens is to provide cover and a food source for local water animals, fowl and
See also Species
& Soil Types in the Native Plants
section of this website (also provided by Sweet