Landscaping Your NC Mountain Home With Native Plants

Mountain Laurels, a native species of plants in the High Country of North Carolina.

I recently started reading Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy. I thought it might be a good time to share some ideas about how you can contribute to conserving the thing that we all love most about the High Country—it’s natural beauty.

Conserving High Country North Carolina’s Natural Beauty

The approach that Tallamy and many others suggest is to do when landscaping your yard is to make it a habitat for native species. Starting with plants, this can trickle down to providing an excellent place for all sorts of creatures to thrive.

North Carolina is home to huge number of beautiful plants, many of which can be used to create a beautiful space around your home. Unfortunately, most of what is popular in landscaping is non-native species, usually coming from Asia or Europe. Once introduced, they become naturalized and begin to take over or compete with precious space that has historically been home to native species. Some of the plants are even introduced to promote wildlife habitat, which sounds great, but the issue is that these species do exactly what they are intended to. Birds and other wildlife will disperse their fruit and seeds which allows them to spread rampantly.

Next time you are thinking of adding trees, grasses, flowers or bushes to your property, maybe take a minute and consider what native species you could use. Carolina Lupines, Northern Maidenhair Ferns, Dwarf Crested Irises, Rhododendrons, and Swamp Milkweed are just a few beautiful plants that can spruce up your yard and aid in conservation of important plants and animals at the same time. North Carolina State University has an excellent web resource that provides excellent information on why this sort of conservation is important, an extensive list of native plants (and even information give you full details on wildlife value, soil/light requirements and preferred region), how to landscape with these native plants as well as information on invasive species that you might want to avoid.

Be Social With Your Landscaping Around Boone, NC

If you decide to plant some native species in your yard please take a photo and tag us on any of our social media platforms, we’d love to re-post! 

About the Author

"I am a proud Boonie and feel grateful to call the High Country home. Hailing from Rome, Georgia, I am the youngest of three brothers, the proud son of a German and a native Atlantan. It only took one college visit for me to fall in love with Boone in 2011. After four years of school and various jobs in the community, I was offered an opportunity to hit the road and work all over the East Coast. I worked in construction management/sales and property inspections for insurance companies. The year of 2018 was a monumental year for me as it saw me complete my degree in Business Management and buy my home in downtown Boone, where I run an Airbnb (the Bent Street Bungalow). I live with my two dogs, Redman and Junior, and spend more time than I should in my garden or out in the woods with my pups. I bring a passion for people, connections and diplomacy to the table and love applying that to being a Realtor. My experience in construction and sales provide a unique set of tools for the world of real estate. I am so excited to help you facilitate your Boone experience and truly believe there’s no place quite like the 828. I love Boone for the normal reasons—cool air, storied mountains, vibrant rivers and so on, but I also love Boone because it is just so easy to have a good day here. The community is unlike any other I have experienced and I look forward to growing with it for a long time to come. Working in real estate is my full-time endeavor so I am fully invested in helping you with my knowledge of the area, my enthusiastic work ethic and my creativity in marketing to ensure that the best possible result is achieved.”