Everybody is talking about them and they continue to gain in popularity, but what exactly are they? Native plants are plants that are adapted to our weather, soils, pests, and they support local pollinators and wildlife.  Because of this, natives have many advantages over non-natives which we think are going to make your life as a gardener much easier.

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What are their key features?

Natives can be drought tolerant, resilient, environmentally friendly, support pollinators and do not require pesticides or fertilizers.

  • Drought Tolerance – Once established native plants can have deep and extensive root systems that provide them with both drought and fire resistance.  Natives are also better adapted to our climatic zone and weather patterns.

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Start Small!

Do not let yourself be frightened off by thinking you need to convert your entire garden into natives. Small changes can also make a big difference. Start small and get one or two plants.  Another common misbelief regarding natives is that they will result in a messy looking garden.

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Will my Garden look Messy?

There is absolutely no reason you should end up with a messy garden, providing you still carry out basic gardening tasks such as weeding, pinching, staking or cutting down plants.

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The Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch is undoubtedly the most iconic, well-known and most beloved butterfly; quite a feat considering over 750 butterflies are native to the US! Monarchs dazzle with looks and an almost unbelievable 3000 mile annual migration from Mexico to as far as Canada.

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How can I help Monarch Butterflies?

You can help by planting as little as single Milkweed plant! Enjoy the exquisite sight of Monarchs fluttering around your garden this year, whilst knowing how you have helped secure the future of this national gem.

Pesche's Milkweed Selection