This is my personal collection of findings and discoveries in native plant gardening. My primary use of this website is to help me recall specific plants, and plant discoveries. I’m making this public so that you may also learn from my discoveries. I have added several invasive plants that should never be included in a garden/yard, and I plan to add a few things about non-native, non-invasive plants (what you can plant that won’t invade/destroy your surrounding ecosystem).
Benefits of native plants include:
- Native plants provide much needed food and shelter for native wildlife. Since local animals and insect-life have co-evolved with native plants to feed and support each other. Invasive or introduced species provide little benefit to wildlife and can starve entire populations when used en masse.
- Reduction of pests and ticks. Some species of popular non-native/invasive plants (such as Japanese Barberry, Berberis thunbergii), provides optimal protection for large communities of white-footed mice (a known tick vector).
- Native plants require less water and zero fertilizers than standard, invasive-grass lawns
- Native plants reduce erosion. Many native plants have much deeper root systems than invasive/non-native plants which help to increase water storage for the soil, reduce water runoff and flooding.
- Reduction of air pollution as they don’t require mowing (mowing contributes to global warming/carbon emissions)
- It’s rewarding to plant and manage natives knowing that you’re restoring natural habitat, and helping local birds, insects, and animals.
- Native plants are both versatile and beautiful