Native trees and shrubs provide food and shelter for many indigenous species of birds and other wildlife. When used in the landscape correctly, they will rival any non-native species when in flower and fruit. Unlike many non-native plants, native plants introduced into landscape plantings are hardy, less susceptible to pests and diseases and unlikely to escape and become invasive.
Since native plants are generally better suited to their respective local environments, maintaining native plants requires less work, and provide excellent choices for large commercial landscapes as well as residential gardens.
Native plants, often defined as those that existed here without human introduction, are disappearing at an alarming rate due to human activities, such as development and sprawl, agribusiness and the unfortunate introduction of invasive species. The reduction in wildlife habitat that follows the loss of native plants is disturbing the balance of our ecosystems.
It is important to restore our native plant communities. Once a native garden is established, you will save time, energy and money, preserve a sense of place and regional identity, and help rebuild our precious natural habitat.