The Importance of Using Native Plants in Your Landscaping
Native species succeed in the local hardiness heat zone. For Floridians, this means they're primed for moisture and high temperatures. Local plants can grow strong and healthy with little effort. They're also more resistant to native pests, fungus, and disease. To top it all off, you won't be wasting time and money fertilizing.
By gardening responsibly, you can protect endangered and threatened plants. Avoid those exotic plants that may look attractive, but bring a host of problems to your yard and the Florida ecosystem. Before shopping for plants, flowers, or trees, check the list of invasive species.
Don't depend on the nursery to sell only native. You have thousands of gorgeous options that will attract local wildlife and protect Florida's environment. After planting that Southern magnolia, passion flower or swamp sunflower, offer cuttings to your neighbors, so their garden will also be eco-friendly.