Planting for Pollinators - Native Plants
While we are not purists (we work with plenty of non-native plant species), we feel that native plants make the most sense in a garden. Why, you ask? Because native plants are uniquely better suited than non-natives at one key thing: supporting wildlife. We don’t just mean providing nectar from flowers but also (even more importantly) food in the form of leaves for caterpillars. Our native insects including bees and butterflies have evolved to use native plants as a food source. In the case of many butterfly and moth larva they are simply unable to use non-native vegetation to reproduce. If you would like to learn more: Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy is a wonderful book that discusses the importance of using native plants in home gardens.
So much of what we do as a business including the MSD Project Clear Small Rainscaping Small Grants program (which utilizes native plants), our garden maintenance work with the South Grand CID (again native plants), and our volunteer work in our neighborhood public gardens (once again, natives) involve the use of native plants.
If you enjoy seeing birds, bees, and butterflies in your garden then native plants are for you! If you already have native plants in your garden you might be wondering what new visitors you are attracting to your native plants. iNaturalist is a wonderful free app for your phone which can help identify the visitors to your garden.