Native plant gardening can be an Earth friendly way to save money and work on gardening while adding natural beauty to your yard. But wait! Before you start designing your garden, there’s a few things you should know. Read more in this associated content article.
Careful What you Read
There’s a lot of information on the internet and some of it can be misleading. Sometimes plants are listed as native without stating an area. This is important information to include as people worldwide read the internet. A plant found in the writer’s area, it’s not necessarily local to the readers’.
What makes these plants different?
Every area in the wild that can grow vegetation, has its own indigenous flora. Every living thing that evolved in the wild is native to some area. Slow changes that occur through evolution allow symbiotic relationships to develop between plants, the soil, animals and other living things in the environment. Australia has its own area specific plantlife, as does Asia, Hawaii, and Canada. Some are found throughout the USA, others found only in California or only around the Chesapeake Bay.
Why choose these plants? They have evolved without the use of added fertilizers or additional watering. Choosing them can mean low maintenance gardening. Adding a flower bed can reduce lawn area which can save money by saving on gas for the lawnmower and a low maintenance native plant garden design can save even more work.
When designing a native plant garden, choose new additions that are suited to the light levels and soil types already found in the areas where you want to grow them for easy care. Many do well with homemade, organic fertilizers. Free homemade compost added to the soil and dried leaves as mulch will help them grow making it easy to go green in your garden.
Ornamental and Wildlife Value
Some plants are chosen for their appearance or ornamental value. Native plants can provide ornamental interest. Many flowering natives have pretty, colorful, even fragrant flowers or leaves. Others add interest with varied leaf shapes and colors. They are not weeds, there are flowers, trees, bushes, edible herbs, vegetables, and fruit to choose from.
In addition to having ornamental value, a native plant garden also has wildlife value. These area adapted plants can attract pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies. They can attract beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings. Some non-natives can too, but the natives are the ones local wildlife has adapted to provide them with their needs, care free, in the wild.
Adding indigenous plants to your current flower bed can attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. In addition to providing food sources for other animals, some have also adapted to protect themselves from being eaten by certain animals. Some native plants can deter deer and some can provide natural pest protection.
Gardening with native plants creates balance between the gardener’s needs, the needs of the soil, and the needs of native wildlife. While there are many reasons for choosing this type of garden, these benefits may be lost if the plant is planted in an area where it’s not a native. Remember to list what areas, states, or countries the plant is indigenous to when writing. When reading, double check to see if that plant really is found naturally in your area.
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