Native plants use less water
Modern lawns and non-xeriscape gardens will often need larger amounts of water to grow. Use native plant species adapted to your region.
Native plants require less direct energy input
They will need less additives-- fertilizer, weed killers or mulching to take root.
Native plants support native pollinators
Native plants attract a variety of insects, birds and other wildlife by providing habitats and food sources. On the other hand, well-cut lawns are not very useful for most wildlife species.
Native wildflower mixes promote biodiversity
Natural landscaping is a good opportunity to restore native plants, inviting birds and butterflies to return home.
If you are not sure if a plant species is native, contact your local Department of Agriculture for a comprehensive list.