You’ve probably heard more about native flowers and plants in the past few years than ever before. That’s because more and more people are discovering the benefits and beauty of planting with native plants and more nurseries are offering such plants as well.
Native plants are suited to the local climate so they can require less watering and maintenance compared to flowers from other countries and they rarely become aggressive or invasive. (The worst invasive species in America right now, started as decorative plants which nurseries brought in from other countries). Wildlife, including butterflies and insects are adapted to native plants. They receive nutrients from, help pollinate and also lay eggs in native plants. If a yard has only non-native plants, then these garden beauties will go elsewhere to live.
There is a wide range of native plants, shrubs and grasses to suit any gardener’s tastes. They can be found in reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, whites, blues and purples and in varying needs of sun or shade, wet or dry. This spring take some time to look into native plants when you shop for your yard or gardens and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.
We’re having a Native Plant Sale this year. Please look at our list of 40 Native Wildflowers, 5 Native Grasses, 3 Native Shrubs, and 5 native Ferns. Orders are due by May 6th, and the plant sale is scheduled for Friday, May 17th, from 4-8pm at the Allegan Conservation District Office.