With the growing awareness of the effects of climate change, many gardeners are considering important roles that native plants can play in your home garden and landscapes. But just because a plant has been growing somewhere for as long as anyone can remember doesn’t mean it’s a native plant to your area. In today’s column, I will discuss what native plants are and how to use them.
Native plants are those found in a specific region that began growing there naturally, without being introduced either directly or indirectly by nonnative people or conditions. These regions can be as locally as a specific town, region, or state. The closer to the region they grow naturally, the better they will adapt to the conditions of your lawn or garden.