The Importance of Native Plants in Your Gardenscape

California native plants are abundant and an important part of your gardenscape for a variety of reasons. They serve biological and ecological functions, and can also aesthetically add to a landscape. 

California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Non-Invasive

Certain species of flowers and plants can easily become invasive in a gardenscape and pose a threat to other plants, as invasive species can rob surrounding plants of nutrients, water, and sunlight, putting native plants at risk. California native plants are a wonderful addition to a landscape because they will never become invasive, protecting your plants and the local ecology. 

California fuschia (Epilobium canum)

Feed for Native Wildlife

California native plants can attract a myriad of native animals and pollinators to your gardenscape. Important insects like bees, butterflies, and other bugs help to pollinate your garden. Native plants also help these essential insect species maintain their populations. Certain native plant species also attract native birds that can aid in keeping garden pests at bay. 

Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

Low-Maintenance

California native plant species are well adapted to the state’s temperature, water and resource availability, landscape, and ecological environment. This means that native plants often need less if any care once they have been established in a gardenscape. This can save both time in the garden and reduce the amount of amendments needed to add to your garden environment. Native plants often don’t require fertilizers, insecticides, or excess amounts of water, which can also help to save costs over time.

Looking for more? Here’s a wonderful list of California native plants that will work great as additions to your gardenscape!  https://www.laspilitas.com/groups/native-plants.html

Written by Brianna Banks-McLean, Landscape Designer


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