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Why plant natives?

  • Aesthetics and Longevity- Native flowers are not only beautiful with a wide range of colors, textures and forms; they often provide interest for multiple seasons of the year.
  • Less Maintenance- Native plants require less over-all maintenance and reduce the need for irrigation, pesticides, fertilizer and mowing.
  • Adaptable- Native plants tolerate a wide range of light, soil, temperature and moisture requirements.
  • Wildlife- Native plants provide food and shelter for many insects, birds, amphibians and small mammals throughout the growing season.

Benefits of This Garden

  • Plant diversity in an area that was once a monoculture of high-maintenance turf grass.
  • Controls flooding and erosion.
  • Filters groundwater for sediment, chemical deposits and nutrients before it enters the storm drains.
  • Improves water infiltration in the soil.
  • Increase bird and pollinator species.
  • Directly and indirectly reduces carbon emissions.  

What else could you find in the garden?

  • Pollinators such as butterflies, moths, birds, bats, beetles and bees.
  • Small mammals such as Eastern Moles, Eastern Chipmunk, Prairie Voles, Southeastern Shrews, Meadow Jumping Mice and North American Deermice.
  • Birds such as Eastern Meadowlark, Northern Bobwhite, Field Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, American Goldfinch, Prairie Warbler and Red-winged Blackbird.

Why plant natives?

About Butterflies

About Small Mammals

About Birds

National Wildlife Federation Habitat

Monarch Waystation Program

North American Butterfly Association Habitat Program