Choose to Use Native Plants for Less Work and More Birds & Butterflies!

1c6fe600c68664fe7ab88bf399c8bdaaf.jpg. Native plants mean less fuss: Native plants are already good at growing here. They've spent eons getting used to our acidic New England soils. They can handle frigid winters and humid summers like a trooper. They don't need fancy fertilizers or constant appointments with the garden hose. No special primping, either. Save that extra time and money for your garden swing and a cold beverage. 

 

  2. Native plants stay put: Native plants evolved alongside other plants, animals and microorganisms to form an ecologically balanced community. Each member plays an important role in keeping the others in check. Plants arriving from other parts of the world, however, may become garden thugs without the pests and diseases of their home country to slow down their rampant growth. 

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Oriental bittersweet berries spread quickly by birds as well as human wreath-makers. Although these foreign bittersweet berries are beautiful, their substantial vines grow rampant, climb up nearby trees, and eventually kill the trees by smothering or strangulation.

 

3. Native plants invite your favorite wildlife to visit: Just like a restaurant catering to foodies, native plants offer locally-sourced, seasonally appropriate dinners that attract flocks of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife looking for their favorite foods. A native plant menu includes a diverse mix of nuts, berries, seeds, and nectar to ensure that each ecosystem consumer receives the right balance of nutrients when they need it most, even for those on restrictive diets. Plant native plants and the wildlife will come.

Tiger swallowtail drinking nectar from a native purple coneflower.

 

4. Native plants add regional character and beauty: Because they belong here, native plants in the garden blend well with nearby natural areas. Our deciduous native New England trees and shrubs are renowned for foliage that turns brilliant hues of yellow, orange, red, and purple in the fall. Although the trees may lose their leaves in the winter, many offer striking winter interest with softly peeling, intricately ridged, or brightly colored bark.

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Make your garden naturally beautiful and friendlier to wildlife. When you choose to use native plants, you'll work less and enjoy your garden more.