People ask me frequently how I developed the natural landscaping in my yard. I generally refer them to the Wild Ones Landscaping with Native Plants book, page 12. If I’m giving a presentation I often include slides showing the steps I’ve taken.
Here’s what I tell folks. I started developing my yard by surveying my property and then as I planned to add to my natural landscaping, I updated my design. This gave me better control over what I was trying to achieve, instead of a willy-nilly plunking in of plants in our yard. We have a very large prairie in our backyard (south) and an adjacent woodland in our east sideyard.