Gardening with Natives

Determine the right place for your native plant for best results

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Sun Gardens

Plants grow through photosynthesis – carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using chlorophyll and sunlight. Most forms of photosynthesis release oxygen as a byproduct.

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Rain Gardens

A shallow, flat depression between four and eight inches deep, rain gardens feature native plants that adapt to soil’s moisture conditions. Rain gardens typically fill with water from surrounding surfaces after a storm, and water soaks into the ground within 24 hours. Rain gardens are otherwise typically dry between rainfall events.

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Shade Gardens

Shade-tolerant native plants are typically energy-efficient and adapt well to nutrient-rich soils. The amount of shade a plant can tolerate varies on its ability to produce carbohydrates through photosynthesis at lower or varying light-energy levels. Morning light is considered cooler while afternoon light can be considerably hot. A native plant’s ability to grow and thrive in different soil types and varying levels of light and soil moisture depends on the region in which it evolved over time.

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Pollinator Gardens

Native plants attract pollinators such as butterflies, moths and bees. These important pollinators are dependent on native plants for survival and reproduction and rely on them for food and shelter at all life stages. Because of their efficiency as pollinators, native bees are extremely important to native wildflowers.

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Bird Gardens

Native plants provide various species of birds with protective cover, homes for nesting, and fruit, seeds and berries for food. They’re also home to protein- and fat-rich insects, which our native birds rely on for migration and to nourish their young.

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