I started writing this post, then came across some information that one of my wholesale plant suppliers, Midwest Groundcovers, came up with and thought they had a really comprehensive list of reasons we should support native plant gardens. The list below is credited to Midwest Groundcovers.
Why use native plants?
- Require no chemical fertilizers
- Require little or no pesticides
- Require little or no water if sited correctly [and I'll add, once established]
- Provide food and shelter for wildlife. Favorite food for birds and butterflies because they co-evolved together.
- Are long lived and adapted to our area's environmental conditions (climate extremes, soils, sun, wind, topography, etc.)
- Provide ecological diversity
- Are beautiful
- Improve water quality; reduces the runoff or chemicals into our lakes, ponds, and streams
- Studies show that a natural habitat improves our mental health
- Part of our heritage
If you want to pick up some natives for your yard, visit me when I volunteer at the Wheaton Native Plant Sale on April 28. It's a great opportunity to grab some native trees, shrubs, and perennials grown by The Possibility Place Nursery.