Native Plants in the Landscape

What are Native Plants?

A native plant, also called indigenous, is a plant that has naturally evolved in a particular region without human intervention.

What are some benefits of Native Plants?

Because of their inherent benefits, Formecology, LLC recommends incorporating native plants in to your landscape design.

  • Adaptability – Native plants have thrived in the Midwest region for thousands of years, so they are accustomed to growing and surviving even in extreme weather.
  • Low maintenance – Native plants only need minimal attention as they do not require supplemental water, fertilizer, pesticide treatment or excessive care.
  • Drought resistance – Due to their long roots, which sometimes span over 15 feet, native plants collect and store rainwater far better than non-native plants or turf grass species. This feature also helps control water run-off and erosion.
  • Beauty – Native plants provide an interesting backdrop to your landscape and give it aesthetic appeal. Native plants create a beautiful landscape due to their range of sizes, heights, textures and seasonal colors. They can be arranged in a formal (a clean, organized look) or informal (a random, unpredictable look) setting. Various species are available to accommodate both sunny and shady areas too. Find our plant lists here: https://formecology.com/resources/
  • Time and cost efficiency – Native landscaping is more time and cost effective than traditional non-native landscaping, requiring far less upkeep, mowing, watering, weeding and replacement, especially when looking out over several years.
  • Biodiversity and wildlife attraction – The many different species of native plants, each blooming at different periods during the growing season, create a range of food sources and habitats for wildlife. This encourages different species of birds and insects to take shelter in the foliage and make your landscape their home.
  • Pollution control – Native plants require carbon to grow; therefore, they remove a significant amount of air pollution. Likewise, because there is no need to mow or trim native plants, you don’t generate pollution with gas-powered lawnmowers and other lawn care equipment.