What is a native plant?
A plant that is a part of the balance of nature that has developed over hundreds or thousands of years in a particular region or ecosystem. (USDA definition)
Why garden with native plants?
- They flourish without fertilizers or synthetic pesticides and rarely need watering,
- provide food and habitat for wildlife,
- contribute to biodiversity,
- connect us to our home places and help us celebrate the things that make our regions unique,
- teach us about the world of nature,
- And last, but not least, they’re beautiful!
Selecting plant species from within your geographical region or ecoregion is the best way to select plant species.
- The Importance of Eco-Regions to Native Plantings (PDF)
- Backyard Gardening for Nature by Michelle Kalantari (PDF)
- Native plants for different gardens / landscaping situations by Terry Serres (PDF)
- Native Woody Plants that are Hosts for Native Caterpillars, Moths, and Butterflies (PDF)
- Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants
- Native Plant Gardening Resources by Terry Serres (PDF)
Growing native plants from seed
- How to start native plants from seed, the easy way (PDF)
- In-depth information about how to propagate native plants (PDF)
- Instructions for your container of newly planted seeds (PDF)
- Germination times for native plants (PDF)