Garden and Yard Care

Published on April 6th, 2009 | by Reenita Malhotra

Use Native Plants In Your Garden This Spring

Are you wondering which plants to start growing in your garden this spring?  You might want to consider going native for minimal maintenance throughout the year, but while it this sounds good, many question the green wisdom behind this notion.

photo credit: chasethecloudsSpring Garden

Spring Garden

Simply speaking, native plants make ideal garden plants because they are uniquely suited to growing in their native area. This translates to less work and resources. Since native plants have spent centuries adapting to your area’s natural geographic conditions, they aren’t going to need much in the way of supplemental fertilizer, spraying or winter mulching.

Native plants also tend to behave better than other plants in your garden. Having evolved within the community, they are rarely invasive and have natural predators that help to keep them in check. In addition, local wildlife species have developed a relationship with native plants for generations relying on them for food, shelter and nesting. So a garden filled with native plants is likely to attract its own share of birds and butterflies.

You might be wondering where to find plants that are native to your geography.
Local nurseries and park departments are your best resource.  They will often release native plant lists in conjunction with seasonal sales. PlantNative, is an invaluable online resources that provides a comprehensive list of native plant nurseries and sources of native plants, broken down by state.  eNature.com also provides resources for native gardening along with an invasive plants guide.





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3 Responses to Use Native Plants In Your Garden This Spring

  1. Danielle says:

    Great interview! At the National Wildlife Federation we also have a bunch of resources for creating habitats for wildlife. Check out http://www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife – And keep doing the great work you do to keep natives in the garden!

  2. Wonderful post. Your spring garden is beautiful. Planting is crucial in preserving our Earth. I would also say look into native trees to plant in your garden because once those tree grow tall you will have natural shading to keep you cool in the summers and if you find native trees that produce fruit you will be provided with food!

  3. Sikantis says:

    You’re right. Planting native plants has so many benefits for both sides – for us and for nature! Great post!

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