I love natives!
Our yard is surrounded by woods and the trilliums, jack in the pulpits, ferns and trout lillies seem to love the border between yard and woods. And I love them. Eli and I go to check on them nearly every day- pulpits are my very favorite flower. We also have jo pai (sp.) weed, and I took the seeds from black eyed susans that grow wild on the mountain and planted them everywhere. We have also been foraging for fiddlehead ferns here on the mountain, yummy- and I love to eat things collected in the wild.
We were fortunate enough to rent a house in MD from owners who rescued native plants. When land was being developed they would go in ahead of the bulldozers and transplant natives to their own yard. They did this with a network of other people. Our old yard was full of turks cap lilly, bee balm, wild ginger, false indigo, Virginia bluebells (the real thing, not cultivars), etc. It was great when we went hiking in the smokies to see these plants in the wild! Tennessee is so beautiful Cece, you must love it. I would love to visit NZ OceanMomma and get a chance to see your landscape and native plants.