Native Plant Gardens
More and more homeowners are replacing exotic ornamental plants with native plant gardens (also called “conservation landscapes”). What explains this growing trend? Native plant gardens
- Are good for the environment – they don’t need pesticides and fertilizers, which wash into local streams when it rains
- Attract colorful birds and butterflies
- Save you time – they don’t need much attention (and no mowing!)
- Save you money on all those pesticides and fertilizers you no longer need
- Look great!
To create a native plant garden, follow the same steps as for any gardening project: Make a plan, buy and install plants, and do some basic maintenance. Our Native Plant Gardens fact sheet (PDF) has all the details.
Want to do more? Two other types of garden installations can also improve stream health and wildlife habitat:
- Rain barrels capture rain water from gutter downspouts to keep it from running into storm drains – and carrying pollutants straight into local streams. A rain barrel can also cut your water bill and save drinking water for drinking. Visit our rain barrel Web page to learn more.