Why Avoid Invasive Ornamental Species?
Invasive ornamental species - of which there are many - were introduced to garden spaces with good intentions. However, over time, it became clear they could easily spread beyond cultivation and cause harm to nearby natural areas where they soon become established. Often growing larger and faster than native species, these plants easily take over native plants, crowding them out, and lowering the biodiversity of a region.
Additionally, native plants have evolved as hosts to many beneficial insects and other wildlife. As invasives become the dominant species in a region, insect (including pollinator!) habitat is negatively impacted. This greatly affects the entire food web and function of an ecosystem.
Why Plant Native Species?
Go Beyond Beauty by planting native plants! Beyond adding an incredible array of colors, textures, and interest to your garden, native plants have adapted to grow to the local environment where they are found. This means, once established, they require much less maintenance than invasive species. They are more drought tolerant (saving water) and are generally more resistant to pests and disease.
From grasses and wildflowers to shrubs and trees, native plants also provide vital habitat to wildlife, especially birds and insects.