Growing Native Plants
What are native plants?
Native plants are species that are originally from this area, and are well adapted to our climate. We're lucky in Surrey to have so many parks to inspire our lush, year-round gardens.
Why should you plant native plants?
You'll use less water when you stock your garden with native plants. This is because these plants are used to the seasonal rainfall we see in this area. You only need to give them a little extra water to get them established when you first plant them.
Native gardens require little work:
- The plants usually grow together very well.
- They are usually more resistant to diseases and pests.
- The leaves they drop act as a fertilizer and a weed suppressor.
This means you'll avoid using costly, potentially harmful, pesticides and fertilizers in your yard. And, you don't have to remove the leaves the plants drop.
Tailor your landscape to attract birds, butterflies, ladybugs, and more. One of the most pleasant benefits of planting a native garden is the wildlife!
Watch and listen to birds and other wildlife in your yard, and know you're increasing the habitat and food available to them in an urban setting.
Give yourself a short-term challenge to achieve a 15, 20, or 30% native garden. The benefits are the same as a 100% native garden, just on a smaller scale.
You don't have to overhaul your garden and replace every plant with a native one. A garden that's 100% native may just be a long-term goal. In the meantime, incorporate native plants into your existing garden gradually.
Where can you find more information?
The following resources can help support your quest to use native plants in your yard or small space: