Gardening With Native Plants

There’s something to be said for those gardens that are made up with plant species native to the area where they’re being grown. These plants tend to require less work, less added water and less attention, as well. All the while, they look wonderful and also look like they “belong” where they’re being grown.

In areas where droughts are of particular problem, native planting is very much encouraged by government agencies and water conservation groups. The reason for this is the fact that plants that are meant to grow in a particular area tend to do so under the area’s normal circumstances. Desert plants in the desert, semi-tropical plants in Central Florida, mountain varieties in Colorado and so on are each ideal for their own regions.

Unfortunately a lot of people think of native plants and instantly dismiss them as “weeds.” But that’s simply not the case. Native or at least particular environment friendly plants can be more than beautiful – they can also be tasty and useful, too.

The benefits of planting native include:

* Ideal plantings for the environmental conditions. If you’ve picked out all native plants, you don’t have to worry about your weather patterns (generally) causing them problems. The temperatures should be ideal for growing.
* Easier on water use. Since these plants also grow in the wild where you are, they’re generally use to the amount of available water. This means you can cut down on watering (in most cases) and add to the efforts to conserve this precious resource.
* Less maintenance. If plants grow naturally in an area, it generally means they’re use to the soil conditions. This, of course, can cut down on a need for special additives and fertilizers to help them thrive.
* More resistance to common pests/diseases in the area. Since these plants deal with the issues your region doles out all the time, they’re more likely to handle insect problems and diseases better than a non-native plant introduced to the environment.

Native plants are great choices for a number of reasons, but perhaps the best one is the fact they tend to not need as much attention as non-natives. Since they’re used to the environment, they’re able to withstand better what it can dish out while those plants from out of the area might not fare so well. And, in areas where water shortages and other concerns come into play, natives are the best choice for gardening while keeping a pulse on conservation concerns.