No. One must look at how all those great native elements work together, whether you believe in intelligent design, unintelligent chaos, or something in-between. And good, native plants used poorly and / or too wildly will never turn anyone onto native plants. But used well, and they stun and transform, just like in our natural spaces.
The challenge - find landscapes that use mostly native plants, or ones blending native and adapted plants. The latter is easier.
|Naturalistic - Regal Mist Grass, AKA Gulf Muhley / Muhlenbergia capillaris in mass, in front, with some boulders and a lone, tall Ocotillo / Fouquieria splendens in the back. Splendens to be sure! Jimmy Zabriskie's design.|
|Threadgrass and Sotol / Dasylirion wheeleri are it, along this adobe home's entry walk. 2 species, repetition. Soft, sharp...|
|The Bad - that mission statement sounds good. But just read on. They lied. Not just a|
matter of taste, but of proven, time-tested design principles.
|At least this High Desert landscape has some good plants in it, but if nature were this chaotic, no one would visit the nearby open space.|