Native plants, natural style

Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators buzz around this prairie-style garden in Ames. Photo: Kelly D. Norris LLC.

Earlier this year, garden designer Kelly Norris of Des Moines won a dsm Home Design Award for the garden he designed for a home in Ames. His design was installed by Country Landscapes and features layers of color and texture along its curving gravel paths. It’s a showstopper from the street, especially now that spring has arrived.

Some 57 kinds of plants thrive in the space, including 49 that are native within 250 miles of Ames. While the landscape “appears natural and effortless, the planting works because each of the components occupies a specific niche,” Norris said. “Wild plant communities offer endless opportunities for learning the lesson of resiliency.”

Read about other dsm Home Design Award winners and get inspired for your next indoor or outdoor home project.


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