A new approach to gardening in 2022: Incorporate native plants that help the Earth

Did you know? Your garden can be put to use helping the environment?  With a new approach to gardening you can become the hero of your local ecosystem!

Purposeful Gardening

By choosing the right plants for our gardens we can start to rebuild critical habitat that has been lost to suburban lawns and sprawling urban areas.

Growing Native Plants

At the heart of this new approach is selecting plants that are native to your local area. These are plants that have coevolved with local insects & wildlife.

Why grow native plants?

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Don't require fertilizers and pesticides.

Serve as butterfly host plants.

Important food source for insects & wildlife.

Require less water & maintenance.

Incorporate more native flowering perennials that serve as butterfly host plant like this Passionvine for Gulf Fritillary caterpillars.

Flower Gardening:  A New Approach for 2022

Incorporate native grasses and shrubs that provide wildlife benefits such as fruit, nectar, and seeds such as Inland Sea Oats:

Flower Gardening: A New Approach for 2022

Incorporate herbs that serve as butterfly host plants such as parsley, dill, and rue. You want caterpillars to eat these. They will become Swallowtails!

Vegetable Gardening: A New Approach for 2022

Minimize use of pesticides. Instead invite in more beneficial insects to your garden, such as ladybugs that eat aphids.

Vegetable Gardening: A New Approach for 2022

Incorporate nectar plants that attract bees. Bees are important for pollinating the vegetables in your garden. We need bees!

Vegetable Gardening: A New Approach for 2022

Skip the non-native annuals sold at big box nurseries and plant native perennials instead! They will come back each year.

Container Gardening: New Approach for 2022