Here are some good reasons to include native plants in your garden.
- Once established, native plants require little care or maintenance. They’re drought tolerant, and require no fertilization.
- Native plants are pest and disease resistant.
- Native plants are a source of food and protection for native wildlife, including pollinators like birds and bees.
- Native plants are non-invasive.
- Native plants give your garden a “natural” look.
- Native plants survive cold winters and dry summers because they’ve spent thousands of years adapting to the growing conditions in your area.
- Natural landscapes add to the overall quality of the environment by improving air, water, and soil quality.
You can start your own native plants from seed, buy them at a local nursery, or find them in the wild. The California Native Plant Society has a great website with information on California natives: http://www.marin.edu/cnps/ . To find books in Marinet on native plants look under the following subject headings: Native Plants for Cultivation, Native Plants for Cultivation California, and Native Plant Gardening California. Add some native plants to your garden this weekend and watch them thrive.