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Native Plants: Less Hassle, Less Water

Such plants can save time, money and water.

Many homeowners dream of a hassle-free landscape. And, increasingly, they are finding it in their own backyard. 

The popularity of indigenous plants has grown in recent years as gardeners discover the advantages.  

Native plants:

  • Save money (less experimenting means less money wasted). By simply looking around at natural habitats, it’s easy to see what thrives in this area and in turn, what will thrive in your garden.
  • Are resistant to disease and pests. California-friendly landscapes offer a familiar and varied habitat for beneficial insects.
  • Provide shelter for local wildlife (especially bees). Because wildlife species use them as habitat, native plants also promote ecosystem balance.
  • Require little or no maintenance. Since indigenous plants are adapted to local soil, rainfall and temperature conditions, they require minimal maintenance and watering.

Stop trying to create gardens that continually need work. Your choice of native plants will make your garden not only beautiful, but also long-lasting. Your local nursery can help get you started. San Juan Capistrano has one of the nations best resources for native plants. Tree of Life Nursery on Ortega Highway has a fabulous selection of natives and all the knowledge and direction you will need to get your garden going.

Keith Malone August 04, 2011 at 10:18 PM
I'm fairly certain that most of those photos are of non-native plants. The matilija poppy (white with yellow center) is definitely native. The grasses behind the agave-like plant appear to be deer grass. Othewise, the rest look very non-native.
The Ecology Center August 05, 2011 at 12:24 AM
Hi Keith. It's true, the bachelor's button is not native, though it has been naturalized here for quite some time and is a particularly good choice for our area because of it's drought tolerant qualities. The purple aeonium is non-native as well but has been naturalized to the area and is a beautiful option for drough-tolerant gardens, as are all succulents. The grass you speak of is deer grass and, like the matilija poppy, it is native to California. Thanks for helping to clarify!
smoothpuss2 August 05, 2011 at 04:14 AM
Many homeowners like the idea that we can customize our backyard to what we like.

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