Why choose Native Perennials?
Native perennials are defined as plants that live more than two years as opposed to more short-lived plant varieties. In addition, A native perennial is a long-living variety that is specifically native to a region and, as such, offers some handy benefits to the home gardener.
The relationship between pollinators and plants goes back millions of years and has evolved to be as efficient as possible. Native perennials that have grown in a specific region alongside the insect or birdlife that it relies on for pollination will thrive when paired with these pollinators. Aspects of the plant's shape and reproductive method may be keyed into the type of insects and birds that feed off the fruit or nectar they produce.
Are Native Perennials Are Climate Resistant?
Every region has its seasonal weather patterns, and every plant has its optimum conditions for survival. A native perennial has evolved in a specific climate, so it's used to the general humidity, temperature changes, and rainfall levels. Whereas non-native plants may die off due to a cold snap or need to water them more aggressively in the Summer, native perennials can primarily look after themselves against the elements.
Maintaining the Natural Environment:
The more ecologically minded among us may favor the native perennial because its presence supports the area's natural ecology. Choosing native plants limits the number of native species being planted and celebrates the natural beauty of the region in which you live. The local wildlife will also benefit from planting native species and offering potential food to the local small bird and animal species. This, in turn, helps the whole natural food chain and brings a pleasing array of domestic animals to the garden.
Native Perennials Mean Less Work:
Working in the garden is relaxing and good for the soul, but you never want it to be a full-time job. It would be best if you had time to sit and enjoy your labors. Native perennials give you just this opportunity because they are already suited to the conditions of your local area. The need for soil additives such as fertilizer is minimal, as is the need for artificial watering. These plants are used to how much rain will be falling, and they also have natural defenses against the local insect life. Of course, non-native insects can be a different story. Though native perennials will be less expensive and labor-intensive than non-native varieties.
An Array of Beauty:
You have to walk around your region's natural beauty areas, such as hiking trails, to get a feel for how beautiful your garden can be. Imagine stripping away the less desirable weeds and plants to showcase those beautiful flowering bushes. Native perennials offer a host of exciting and colorful options that are different for each region. Plants such as bloodroot, Trillium, and Indian Pink, to name but a few can bring a distinctive natural feel to a garden.