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5 Reasons Why Every Garden Needs Native Plants

What's the buzz about native plants? These resilient plants have withstood the test of time! Native plants and native hybrids are adaptable, low-maintenance, and durable, so they are more resilient in the face of extreme temperatures, rainfall, and weather compared to many non-native ornamental plants. Furthermore, native plants have established relationships with pollinators and wildlife, making them the best choice for habitat-friendly gardens that support a healthy web of life. Learn more about how these plants benefit all life on Earth.

1. Healthy Ecosystems: Native plants strengthen entire ecosystems! Think of a healthy ecosystem as a healthy web of life. Native plants host an enormous variety of beneficial insects that feed beneficial insects, caterpillars, birds, and wildlife. Don't be afraid of bugs in your garden - they're essential for healthy ecosystems. For instance, it can take thousands upon thousands of caterpillars to feed one family of songbirds!

2. Healthy Pollinators: Native plants are essential for the survival of pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Since wildlife and native plants have evolved together for so long, many pollinators require specific host plants to survive - the most famous example being Monarch Butterflies and Milkweed plants (also available as milkweed wildflower seeds). One of the most enjoyable parts of gardening is watching these winged visitors flying in our garden. Pollinators are also essential for the production of the fruits and vegetables we all need to be healthy. 

3. Healthy Soils: Native plants and beneficial insects help to keep soils balanced and healthy. In turn, this keeps pests, plant diseases, and harmful invasive species at bay. Healthy soils also help contribute to clean water and clean air.

4. Healthy Plants: Native plants are well-adapted to local weather patterns, climate, soil conditions, and daylight. This means that they’re more resilient and more likely to survive extreme weather events. Typically, native perennial plants have very deep root systems, which make for a tough, resilient plant. (They're also easier to care for if you're a busy gardener!)

5. Healthy Gardens: With built-in defenses against common pests and diseases that they've developed over time, native plants are the least likely to require pesticides, fungicides, and chemicals. That means you can avoid using substances that are harmful to people, animals, and the environment.

Native Plants, Bulbs & Seeds

Is growing native plants a goal for you? If so, a great place to start is with our exclusive Native Regional Wildflower Seed Mixes, which are an easy, affordable way to grow a mix of wildflowers that are native to your region of the United States. 

You can also select from our wide range of native wildflower seed species, including rare and hard-to-find species. We also offer a wide range of native perennial plants, including woodland wildflowers, shrubs, ornamental grasses, and native grass seeds

Remember, when shopping anywhere on our site, you can use our Plant Advantages "Native" filter to find plants and seeds native to North America. 

Understanding Native & Introduced Plants

It is important to note, however, that just because a wildflower is not native, does not mean that it is invasive or harmful.

Wildflowers that are introduced, or not native, to the United States, can also offer a host of benefits for your yard. 

For example, introduced wildflowers can provide an important nectar and pollen source for honeybees, which are also a species that was introduced, not native to the United States. Without sufficient flowers, honeybees can outcompete native pollinators. Studies show that growing abundant and diverse flowers that provide plenty of nectar and pollen sources for pollinators will increase pollinator population and diversity in your area. 

It's also worth noting that many introduced wildflowers are favorites for cut flower gardens, and many have been cultivated to provide beautiful, long-lasting additions to wildflower gardens. 

Have questions? Feel free to reach out to our customer service team. In addition, it is always valuable to check in with your local Extension or Master Gardener chapter to learn more about native plants that thrive in your area, as well as learn more about plants that may be aggressive or invasive in your area. 

Plant Native Wildflower Seeds 

By growing seeds native to your region, your garden or meadow can help restore ecosystems and sustain biodiversity. Shop for wildflower varieties and mixes that feature species native to your region.

Plant Native Perennials

Native plants and native hybrids are adaptable and low-maintenance, and they are more likely to survive swings in temperature, rainfall. We recommend using at least 70% native plants and native hybrids when designing your garden.