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Why Native Plants?

Why native? As we have become accustomed to our well-manicured (sterile) lawns and heavily mulched landscapes, we have forgotten the calm beauty of a tended wildflower meadow or the lovely winter interest of a patch of dried seed heads frequented by cold-hardy birds. Somewhere along the line, we decided that trimmed grasses are more important than the native bees that would have overwintered in the stalks, we decided that our enjoyment of double-flowered blossoms was more important than providing a food source for pollinators and that choosing an eye-catching color palette was more important than providing the colors nature intended to attract birds, bees, and other insects. By filling our gardens with the plants that found their places long before we arrived, we are being the stewards of the land as it was intended.

Native plants are:
• Eco-friendly and sustainable •
• Can handle volatile New England weather •
• Provide food and shelter for wildlife •
• Bring all the songbirds to the yard •
• Restorative. If you have a patch of land that has struggled to host non-native plants purchased at other garden centers, chances are good there are some great natives that will thrive in that spot and improve the soil structure in the process •

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