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Why You Should Be Growing Plants Native to Your Area

Picking plants for your garden can be a daunting task. There are so many to choose from, and it can be hard to know which ones will thrive in your area. One of the best things you can do is grow plants that are native to your area. Not only will they be easier to care for, but they’ll also help support the local ecosystem. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider planting native plants in your garden!

Why Growing Native Plants Is A Great Idea

They’re Easy to Care For

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One of the best things about growing plants native to your area is that they’re easy to care for. Unlike exotic plants that require special maintenance and attention, native plants are used to the climate and conditions in your region and can thrive with minimal effort. 

They’re Inexpensive

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Another great reason to have native plants incorporated into your garden is that they’re very inexpensive. Because they don’t require specific treatment or maintenance you can often find them for a fraction of the price of exotic plants. And since their native to your region, you won’t have to compete with other gardeners to obtain one at your local nursery.

Pro Tip: If you’re looking to cut costs, you should avoid buying these houseplants.

They Add Visual Interest

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In addition to improving the attractive price point, growing plants native to your area can also help to add visual interest to your space. With their unique shapes, sizes, and colors, they can liven up a garden and add some personality to your landscape. 

Native plants are simply beautiful and so are some of the pollinators they attract. This is a great trick to attract gorgeous butterflies and gracious hummingbirds – After all, native plants are four times more likely to grab the attention of pollinators then non-native

They Help Conserve Water

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If you live in a dry climate, it’s especially important to grow native plants in your garden. They are more likely to thrive in your arid conditions, and since they’re accustomed to the local climate, they won’t need as much watering from you.

So, if you want to conserve water, consider buying them the next time you’re in the garden store. Thanks to that, you will save both money and time you would have to spend on regular watering.

They’re Good for the Environment

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Growing native plants has a great impact on the environment. Not only are native plants well-suited to your local climate, they also decrease noise pollution and eliminate harm from the toxins lawn mowers excrete. Additionally, many long-living native trees, particularly maple and oak, are great at collecting greenhouse gasses.

They’re Great For Pollinators

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One of the most important aspects of planting native flowers is supporting local wildlife. Native plants provide food and shelter for birds, insects, deer, and other animals, which can help keep your garden free of invasive pests. By sticking to native plant species you’ll be providing a vital habitat for these creatures.

They Create a Healthy Environment

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Finally, if you’re looking to create a healthy and chemical-free environment, look no further than your own backyard! Growing plants native to your area is a great way to do this, as they don’t require the use of synthetic chemicals and aggressive fertilizers.

Some Native Plant Ideas!

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Not sure where to start? Here are a few favorite native plants that thrive in North America. Hopefully, some of them thrive in your neck of the woods, but always do your research before hand:

Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are a cheerful addition to any sunny garden. They also attract plenty of pollinators like bees and butterflies.

The purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a beautiful native plant that is perfect for adding a splash of color to your garden. This hardy plant is easy to grow and care for, and it will bloom throughout summer

If you’re looking for a groundcover, look no further than creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera). This plant has pretty pink or purple flowers and spreads quickly, making it perfect for filling in bare spots in the garden.

For some vertical interest, consider planting yarrow (Achillea millefolium). This drought-tolerant plant produces clusters of small white flowers that are simply beautiful.

Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) is a coniferous tree that is native to North America. It grows in a pyramid shape and can reach a height of 75 feet. The needles are dark green and have a pleasant fragrance. The cones are brown and grow up from the branches.

Fun Fact: Balsam firs are one of the most popular Christmas tree sold in the US.

Know Your Surroundings

If you’re looking for an easy and sustainable way to improve your garden, consider planting native plants. Not only will they be easier to care for, but you’ll also be helping to support the local ecosystem.

Do you have any tips or tricks for gardening with native plants? Leave a comment down below!