3 reasons you should consider native plants in your landscape design

Sure native plants look great in your yard but the benefits of these indigenous inhabitants go far beyond aesthetics. Here are three great reasons you should give them a long look when working with your Yardzen designer on your plan.

1. They're the glue

According to the Audubon Society, "[native plants] are the ecological basis upon which life depends, including birds and people. In addition to providing vital habitat for birds, many other species of wildlife benefits as well."

Translation: Plant them and they will come. Native plants produce nectar loved by butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

 Photo: Natural Learning Initiative

Photo: Natural Learning Initiative

 

2. They're low maintenance 

Aside from there being little question if native plants will thrive in your yard -- given they have centuries of proof they can and will -- they require very little water and maintenance once established. 

 Photo: Ovsla.com

Photo: Ovsla.com

 

3. They help the climate

Again, from the Audubon Society: "Landscaping with native plants can combat climate change. In addition to the reduced noise and carbon pollution from lawn mower exhaust, many native plants, especially long-living trees like oaks and maples, are effective at storing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide."

 Photo: Blazing Star Gardens

Photo: Blazing Star Gardens

Conclusion: Think not just about how your plant choices will look, but the impact they'll have. Because the impact can be big.