Why Native Plants?
Native plants are best adapted to the local climate and soil types. Once native plants are established they generally need very little care. Their deep root structures prevent soil erosion, increase soil fertility and moisture-holding capacity, and filter pollution. Native plants will not threaten to take over our natural communities -- unlike some non-natives such as European
Buckthorn and Purple Loosestrife.
Native plants provide habitat for butterflies, bees and birds. Growing interest in native plants for rain gardens and pollinators gardens has led to more native plants being offered at local garden centers and native plant markets.
Native Plant Gardens
Every little bit helps when it comes to adding native plants to your property. Here are some resources to find out which native plants might work in your garden space:
Thinking big? If you want to convert a large section of your yard into a native planting, such as a prairie, you'll want to plan ahead to make sure you're meeting standards for the City's native plant ordinance, which includes creating and submitting a landscape plan for approval.
Planned well and maintained, a native planting can provide abundant habitat for wildlife and be an attractive feature in the neighborhood. Learn more by checking out these resources:
Pollinators such as bees and butterflies play an essential role in the natural environment. Without pollination, many plants cannot produce fruit or seeds. Check out the links below to learn more about creating your own pollinator-friendly oasis: