|For homeowners, "curb appeal" is an important value of home ownership.|
- Water conservation
- Reduced maintenance costs
- Create ecosystem for wildlife
- Lower heating and cooling bills
Native plants include trees, shrubs, flowers and ground covers that are native to a particular region. Usually native plants are considered to be plants that existed in an area before European settlement. They can thrive in the native environment without human interference. This means no extra watering or fertilizing needs to be done.
|An Arizona home uses native plants which can tolerate the climate. Grass would require much more water and maintenance.|
Local nurseries and garden centers are likely to be able to help you select native plants. Look in your area for organizations that are focused on this issue. In the United States, Wild Ones is a national organization with local chapters that is focused on native landscaping.
Further information available at wildones.org.
United States Environmental Protection Agency
National Parks Service
National Wildlife Federation