Native plants have evolved to the conditions of our region. Not only do they generally require less maintenance (water, fertilizer, and pesticide use), they also provide food and habitat for resident and migrating wildlife such as birds, butterflies, and bees—many of which are important pollinators.
Native plants can also help reduce runoff by helping rain to soak into the ground with their deep root structure.
Go for Diversity
Monocultures, which are large expanses of the same plant, can be prone to disease and insect infestation, so it’s best to plant a range of species. A diverse selection of plants is important for wildlife as well. For example, when planting to attract pollinators like butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, choose flowering plants that bloom at different times of the season. The overlapping bloom periods will help ensure that there is a continual food source that draws them to your property.