Native plants, as we’re finding, are a hugely untapped resource… Native ecosystems have the potential to improve almost any urban environmental problem.Mark Simmons, Research Ecologist, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Sourcing native plants for your wildscape
Native plants should form the foundation for your wildscape, but can be hard to source. Credit Valley Conservation has put together a wonderful guide to native plant nurseries and seed suppliers.
Native plant myths
When choosing and sourcing native plants for your wildscape, keep in mind the following native plant myths described by Thomas Rainer, author of Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes.
Myth #1: Native plants are more drought-tolerant than their exotic counterparts
There are mesic (wet-loving) plants and xeric (dry) native plants. Just because a plant is native doesn’t mean it’s better adapted to the particular environment in your yard. You need to match the right plant with the right environmental conditions.
Myth #2: Native plants are not as tough as exotic plants
There are many native plants adapted to harsh conditions. There are native plants that withstand blazing heat, drought, periodic inundations and infertile soil.
Myth #3: Native plants are not as showy or ornamental as exotic plants
The problem is not that native plants are intrinsically less ornamental than exotics; the problem is one of design. Use the design principles in our wildscaping series to design beautiful native plant gardens.