Why Garden with Native Wildflowers?

Dated: May 14 2022

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Why Garden with Native Wildflowers? 

 

This year I have decided that my late start on some of my gardening endeavors is going to be to my advantage. As I have stopped mowing and weeding the part of my yard nearest the wooded tree line I have discovered that I have many beautiful things that spring up! So I did a little digging…pardon the pun and this is what I discovered in my own backyard garden.

 

Golden Rod- Goldenrods are great for fall color and as a pollen source later in the season. Our goldenrod is a nice host for a monarch chrysalis!

 

Dwarf Crested Irises-This is a great plant for sun or partial shade areas. It is deer resistant and will tolerate drought. So petite and cute! 

 

Milkweed- This plant is actually necessary to host Monarch Butterflies and I have been mowing it down before I knew what it was! Milkweed used to be much more common alongside farmer’s fields but has had a great reduction in recent years due to the use of Round-Up.

Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds, and other animals. Unlike natives, common horticultural plants do not provide energetic rewards for their visitors and often require insect pest control to survive.

Native plants are also advantageous, because:

  • Native plants do not require fertilizers and require fewer pesticides than lawns.

  • Native plants require less water than lawns and help prevent erosion.
    The deep root systems of many native Midwestern plants increase the soil's capacity to store water. Native plants can significantly reduce water runoff and, consequently, flooding.

  • Native plants help reduce air pollution.
    Native landscapes do not require mowing. Excessive carbon from the burning of fossil fuels contributes to global warming. Native plants sequester, or remove, carbon from the air.

  • Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife.

  • Native plants promote biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage.

  • Native plants are beautiful and increase scenic values!

I am a convert and I shall now sing the praises of my native plant garden!


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Meg Hetzel

Meg Gaulding has been a resident of Frederick county since 2006. She is an alumna of Hood College and fell in love with the area. After a few years of working, she decided to go back to school and rec....

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