Native plants offer tremendous value for our local fauna, providing a much-needed food source for our monarchs, bluebirds, American goldfinches, bees, and more. Native plants are also extremely low maintenance. They are sustainable and live longer than their non-native rivals. They are adapted to local conditions and develop extensive, deep root systems; which helps them conserve water and prevent erosion. Native plants are naturally resistant to drought, diseases and most pests. They do not require additional watering, artificial fertilizers or harmful pesticides. Native plants save people time and money and help to build and strengthen our natural ecosystem.
Butterfly milkweed, golden rod, and grey-headed coneflowers are just a few perfect examples of what to plant in your pollinator garden. As butterflies, bees, flies, beetles, hummingbirds and more visit these native plants, you are providing a much-needed food source for them as they assist in growing the yield of your backyard vegetable garden or our local farmer’s produce.