When it comes to food, there’s been a big
trend for products that are sourced locally. In the garden, a
growing trend is for North American native plants. Because
European settlers brought some plants with them, most consider native
plants to be those that were growing here naturally before the arrival
of Europeans. Native plants include all kinds of mosses, ferns,
wildflowers, perennials, shrubs and trees. Monrovia grows
hundreds of native selections and hybrids that have been developed for
better habits or garden performance.
Natives tend to be easier to grow, need less water and
feeding, and are more resistant to pests and disease. And bonus –
they will often attract more native birds, butterflies, bees and
predator insects. As the Audubon Society points out, since
native wildlife co-evolved with the native flora, they often rely on
the resources of native plants for food, shelter and nesting.