If you would like to attract birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, or pollinators to your landscape, native plants are the way to go. These plants co- evolved with them, and provide the habitat and food they need in your own backyard.
Native plants were living here long before we arrived with our fertilizers and pruners. Once established, they provide four seasons of carefree beauty.
Many beneficial insects require native plants for their habitat – whether it be food or shelter. Pollinating insects are essential to our own survival. One-third of all the food we eat has been created with the help of a pollinator. Insects themselves are essential to the ecosystem for all the services they provide, from decomposition to food for predators.
There are native plants adapted to thrive in any naturally occurring condition from wet, soggy clay to dry, gravelly soil, and from hot sun to full shade. When well placed, once established they do not require supplemental watering, fertilizer or pesticides.
Native plants provide four seasons of visual pleasure in your landscape — flowers in the spring, berries in the summer, brilliant colors in the fall and interesting bark and twig patterns in the winter. The non-stop show of visiting butterflies, birds and beneficial insects is added entertainment.
Plant a native plant today! It’s one little thing you can do to make a difference.