Going and Growing Green

In Your Garden and Landscape

Tip #6 : Go Native

When you have lived in an area for a long time, it stands to reason that you know your way around.  This is the basic premise for planting natives.  Native species are those that occur in a place without man’s intervention.  Native plants have adapted over time in response to the local soils, climate, rainfall (or drought conditions), frost and interactions with the surrounding organisms in the local community. 

Because of this, native plants have developed habits that make them uniquely suited to local conditions.  They can provide practical and ecologically valuable alternatives for landscaping and gardening projects.  Additionally, native plants can match the finest cultivated plants in beauty, and often surpass non-natives in hardiness and resistance to droughts, pests and diseases.  Once established, native plants will thrive without a lot of extra effort.  They are the perfect time (and resource) saver.  


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