Using native plants in the garden offers many benefits including best adaptability to local soil and climate conditions, maintaining food plants and shelter for local wildlife, the conservation and propagation of local flora types, and creating a sense of place that is unique to our state.
Native plants are important for many reasons, and some of reasons are more obvious than others. Not only will native plants look natural in your landscape and gardens, but they also serve many practical functions for native wildlife, and they can help you save money as well. So why exactly is it so important to use native plants in your landscape?
WaterSmart landscapes use native and adapted noninvasive plants to help conserve water, protect water quality, and provide habitat for wildlife. For more native plant suggestions, visit WaterSmart Landscapes for the Upper Texas Gulf Coast, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Native Plant Database, and the Earth-Kind Plant Selector.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why are native plants beneficial to landscapes?
Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. ... Native plants are also advantageous, because: Native plants do not require fertilizers and require fewer pesticides than lawns. Native plants require less water than lawns and help prevent erosion.
Why is it important to know our native plants?
Native plants provide food and shelter for the birds, butterflies and all the other creatures we cherish and delight in watching. Here is an example that everyone can identify with: the relationship between a Monarch butterfly and a milkweed plant. Milkweed plants produce alkaloids that are toxic to many creatures.
Why is it important to protect native plants and ecosystems?
Conserving Water: Because native plants are adapted to local environmental conditions, they require far less water, saving time, money, and perhaps the most valuable natural resource, water. In addition to providing vital habitat for birds, many other species of wildlife benefits as well.
How are native plants adapted to their environment?
The term “native” plant generally refers to plants indigenous to a particular geographic region. Over time those plants have adapted to local environmental and social influences such as soil types and hydrology, micro-climates and human influences.
Why are native plants matter-ecological landscape Alliance?
ELA offers an archive of newsletter articles with a wealth of information on beautiful options for planting native ground covers, perennials, shrubs, vines, and trees. Articles offer information on many aspects of native plant, including which are edible, which are suited to particular conditions, which support pollinators.