The Creative Gardener – Native plants and their importance

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.

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