Native plant garden, but designer

Piet Oudolf Garden from the Five Seasons Documentary

Piet Oudolf Garden from the Five Seasons Documentary

In the early days of designing my garden to qualify for the front yard recognition in Richmond Hill, I came across the idea of planting “what was meant to be”.

I loved native plants, their elegant, dainty style, but I was competitive, I needed them to perform. In my search for creating the perfect colourful meadow, I fell in love with Piet Oudolf’s work because of the show-stopping wow factor, which truly pushed the boundaries of how amazing a meadow can look – the meadow of dreams.

Piet’s designs place a large emphasis on structure and using plants that look good in all seasons to create dramatic, colourful meadows and woodlands. I scraped through his books and design sketches to compile a list of North American native plants with these characteristics.

Most plants are linked for your convenience to my favourite tool, the Missouri Botanical database – please note the sun and water requirements, and toxicity when placing plants in your designs. For plants listed as “spp.”, multiple species are recommended.

Plants marked with a “♥” are Piet’s favourites, and are seen in most of his installations.

Now you can install your very own Piet Oudolf-tier garden that is also native, promotes biodiversity, and replenishes the local seed bank.

Use to find local native plant nurseries!



Aggressive native plants

Flower Palette

Grass Palette

Bulb Palette

Fern Palette

Tree Palette

Shrub Palette

Vine Palette

“It may look wild, but it shouldn’t be wild. This is what you’d like to see in nature.”

Piet Oudolf

Aggressive native plants that Piet suggests to remove:

  • Horsetail
  • Plantain
  • Mint (unless it is in an isolated location)
  • Tall goldenrod varieties


  1. How is the COVID situation over there?

    • adminnatu says:

      Still going. Although they are removing mask requirements in stores, restaurants, and theaters, healthcare settings will continue to require them.

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