Native plants have been fine-tuned by eons of adaptation to fit our area like a glove on nature’s hand, made just for our soil and climate, and so have considerably less need for pesticides, fertilizers, soil amending, and often even pruning and watering. Because they evolved alongside these plants, countless native pollinators’ offspring depend solely on their sustenance for species survival, the pollinators in turn assuring the survival of these and other plants. This support cycle, which also extends to animal life, assures abundant diversity. Diversity provides not only much greater interest in the home landscape, but also insurance of its long-term endurance.
When used to create a complete landscape, herbaceous and woody native plants act together above and below ground to sequester and filter out pollutants, while also supporting each other at root level through soil microbial life. Abundant, healthy roots conserve both water and minerals by preventing runoff. The native landscape offers food and shelter for both local and migrating birds, many of which are now endangered, and year-round support for wildlife on all levels, including the many species that overwinter. The easily integrated native landscape brings continuous bloom, a lasting environment, and a deep sense of meaningful beauty.
A few of our favorite natives
Aronia Melanocarpa – Black Chokeberry
Viburnum Dentatum – Blue Muffin Viburnum
Cornus Racemosa – Gray Dogwood
Here is a link to Siebenthaler’s available Native Species