Native Plants

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?

Native plants have evolved over thousands of years and, as such, have adapted to local conditions.
  • They flourish without fertilizers or synthetic pesticides and rarely need watering.
  • They provide food and habitat for wildlife.
  • They contribute to biodiversity.
  • They connect us to our home places and help us celebrate the things that make our regions unique.
  • They teach us about the world of nature.
  • And last, but not least, they’re beautiful!

Getting started

Selecting plant species from within your geographical region or ecoregion is the best way to select plant species.

Growing native plants from seed

Invasive species