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The Native Plant Garden

Updated on May 22, 2011

Native Plants

Defining Native

When we are discussing native plants what we are referring to is plants that have evolved here, in North America, over thousands of years.

These plants have adapted to the environment where they are growing and have been part of the evolving local ecosystem for many, many generations; they are adapted to the rainfall patterns; to the myriad of other creatures that have evolved with them, pollinating them, feeding on their nectar; to the area's soils and climate; to the whole web of connections that nature provides.

This is why native plants will require little attention from you, they are hardwired to thrive.

If you are planning to create a native plant garden, you will need to know what plants are native to your region. I always recommend that people visit their local public library as the library can be a source of much information. If you have a native plant society in town, then contact them.

There are some very sound reasons for selecting native plants for your garden, for me the environmental reasons carry the most weight but ease of care follows as a close second.

Environmental reasons:

The environmental reasons are strong motivators for selecting native plants, with a native plant garden you will:

  • increase biodiversity;
  • provide habitat for a wide variety of creatures such as birds and butterflies;
  • provide a home for many native plants that are becoming increasingly rare in the wild;
  • conserve water;
  • and eliminate the need for chemical inputs such as pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

The other important reasons for using native plants are the practical and aesthetic benefits of native plant gardening: less work and lots of beauty!

Once you get started you will soon discover that native plant gardens almost look after themselves. Remember the plants look after themselves in Nature and do not have a gardener to feed and water them.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Great tip Esmee I'll use it this Spring.

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    Esmee 9 years ago

    Great Hub Bob! I lOVE native plants. And here’s another tip if you need to know what plants are native to your region: ask the guys at the local garden center. It ‘s an evil test. If they’re any good, they’ll know :)

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    dafla 9 years ago

    Great hub! I'm moving toward xeriscaping my yard with natives, since we have so many beautiful ones here in Florida.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    thanks, helping Nature maintain the balance is good work.

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    Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Excellent HUB Bob! It really is important to keep 'native growth' items in our gardens. We never know what will get out of hand and how fast.

    regards Zsuzsy

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    It can be a win-win garden.

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    Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

    Great hub, We are thinking of going native a bit more as want to travel and not be watering garden so much while away. Plus we do need to save water and they dont need so much. Good hub. Oh.... and less work eh what

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I have seen the difference. The plants are thriving and no longer thirsty,

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    cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

    I love watering the plants, if you have noticed it, you can see the difference in the leaves and flowers before and after, they sort of glow after watering as if they are alive with colors.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    thanks

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    gabriella05 9 years ago from Oldham

    Thank you for sharing this information. Great hub

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, You can have a good looking garden and save on your water bill.

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    cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

    Excellent article Bob, I plan to do the same when I move in to a new home.