A native landscape can be as creative and vivid as you want. It will also be the perfect fit for a rental home. Because, it requires little to no care from the tenants. And, the hardy plants are used to caring for themselves.
What is a Native Landscape?
Much like the name suggests, a native landscape is made of plants native to your area and climate. It can be made up of perennials, biennials, and annuals.
You will want to use mostly perennials to keep care to a minimum. Though, there are some self seeding annuals that may as well be perennials. Some research should make these plants your priority.
What are the Advantages?
Your biggest advantage from a native landscape is the lack of care it needs once it is established. These plants are used to the climate conditions in which you live. Which means so long as they have access to the rainfall from above, they should need little to no supplemental watering.
If planned carefully, local plants useful for erosion control can help near downspouts. Drought resistant varieties should be chosen for dry patches. Finally, you can also pick plants appropriate for soggy areas.
Native landscapes are also great for the local wildlife! They will provide protection and food for local wildlife like birds. Which can make the garden much more enjoyable. You can choose vegetation that attracts and feeds birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects to help bolster their numbers.
When Should I Use a Native Landscape?
To the best of my knowledge there is no wrong time or place for you to use a native landscape. However, there can sometimes be non-native plants that will work for you or provide what you need more than a native can. Like any landscape, a native landscape takes research and careful planning. In future articles we will help guide you through the process.