A garden rich with plants native to
our region will be gentler to the planet. Native plants do not require
expensive fertilizers or pesticides. They have long and extensive
root systems that penetrate deeply into the soil, improve soil quality,
and allow water to percolate gently into the earth, instead of puddling
or running off. Native landscaping requires less watering, since
the native plants are adapted to our climate.
Pale Purple Coneflower
While it is unrealistic to try for a restoration of pristine prairie
or woodland conditions in our yards , native landscaping can provide
a greater richness of biological diversity than what is found in
typical chemical-dependent landscaping practices. With native plants
there's no worry that the plants will become invasive. They have
evolved to co-exist, and a native plant combination has its own
checks and balances.
Smooth Blue Aster