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Benefits of Planting Native Flowers

Apr 27, 2016
Scarlet Paolicchi

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Here comes the sun! After months of cold, we all get excited to enjoy some sunshine. Many of us will also get to work clipping, digging, planting and beautifying our outdoor spaces. One of the most popular ways to spruce up a yard or patio is with planted flowers. This year, consider the benefits of planting with native flower species.

Native flower species naturally grow in the area, and are not brought in from other places. If you are not sure what is native to your area, consult a local nursery or your favorite search engine to find out. I live in Tennessee, so we have many native flowers such as the scarlet buckeye (pictured above), butterfly weed, yarrow and columbine.

Native flowers are a beneficial choice because they are naturally adapted to your area's weather and water availability. If you plant non-native species, you will often find that they require far more watering and may have special soil and fertilizer needs. In short, native flowers will require less resources and less care than most non-native flora. 

An additional benefit to planting native flowers is that they are more beneficial to the ecosystem.  Native flowers are better adapted to resist local plant diseases and pests. They are also more suited to attract beneficial insects such as pollinators. They also provide a natural habitat for local birds and small animals.

The biggest benefit of planting native flowers is that they require less work and money because they are better adapted. There are many more eco-friendly landscaping choices you can make!   

Will you be planting in your yard this season? What types of native flowers will you choose?

Photo courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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