I’m always amused when someone says to me, Oh, your gardens are so pretty. It must take a lot of time…. The reality is that while those same people are mowing, watering and edging their pointless lawns, or hiring some company or individual to do so, I’m sipping my coffee, or whatever, and enjoying the native plants in my gardens–as are the wildlife who are attracted to those plants.
Wildflower and native plants gardens are beautiful and require less work than traditional “yards” of turf. Additionally, wildlife of all sorts will visit and set up house–because they evolved with natives and generally prefer native plants above others. Gardeners who plant with natives and wildflowers, instead of introduced plants or turf, help heal the Earth. A well-designed native and wildflower garden is a balm to the gardener, to people who visit the garden and to wildlife which is threatened by habitat destruction.
Celebrate National Wildflower Week and plant some wildflowers in your garden. Heck, just make your whole plot of land native plants and wildflowers.
Wildflowers work: they’re beautiful, easy, and support wildlife.