Including Native Plants In Your Garden
There are many reasons to include native plants in your garden. Native species provide excellent cover for wildlife. Native plants can be defined by a large area or a very particular one. For example, plants can be native to the United States or more particularly can be native to Northeast Pennsylvania. The great variety in climates around a country like the United States makes is most convenient for home gardeners to classify them by small regions. For convenience sake, lists of native plants usually are ordered by the state they occur in. The appeal of native plants is that they are extremely low maintenance. Since they have naturally adapted to soil conditions in a given area, they can grow easily without expensive soils and fertilizers. They are very hardy and can generally grow even in soil considered poor for other breeds of plants. The natural rain fall of the area is usually enough to support the plant, aside from extreme drought conditions, so extra watering is usually unnecessary.
The best source to purchase native plants is a local nursery or grower. Seeds are a bit more difficult to come by, but some local growers may offer them for a price. Local nurseries are more likely to specialize in those plants suited to a particular climate than a large national chain store would be.