Native Plants in Bucks County
Native plants belong here in Bucks County. These plants are well adapted to our region and thrive in the climate, geography, and soils that make up the local ecosystems, according to Outdoor Living PA.
Types of Native Plants
Native wildflowers such as the flowering white dogwood provide food for pollinators that play a critical role in the health of the natural ecosystem and in crop production. These native plants also create beautiful, sustainable natural landscapes that do not require the maintenance of non-native plants. Echinacea purpurea, or purple coneflower, add amazing color while drawing in bees and butterflies.
The Issue With Non-Native Plants
Non-native plants can come from different regions in Pennsylvania or as far away as different countries and even continents. While some were brought here accidentally, many were introduced intentionally for their ornamental or other characteristics. Non-native plants may become invasive, which means they spread and overtake yards, farms, and natural lands at the expense of native ecosystems and property owners.
Native plants will establish themselves in your landscape with less effort because they need less water, fertilizer, and chemicals to survive. If you’re environmentally-minded and concerned about conservation and wildlife, consider incorporating native plantings in your landscape.
Native species flourish in their local habitats with minimal or no care, provide benefits to wildlife, and are a beautiful addition to any landscape. They thrive without help because they have evolved to thrive right here in Bucks County! Use native plants to restore a specific ecosystem value or function, such as wildlife habitat or water quality, along with artistically improving the landscape.
Because of these local adaptations, native plants are able to provide ecosystem services that benefit both you and your community including:
Provide food and habitat for 10 to 50 times as many native wildlife species compared to non-native plants.
Improve our water quality by holding soil in place with their roots and filtering out pollutants from our waterways.
Provide jobs and economic benefits by reducing maintenance costs and providing renewable resources that support forestry, recreation, and green agriculture.
We’ve worked here in Bucks County for over 30 years and know how to maximize your landscape with native plants. Get started with Nurney Landscape & Design. Contact us at (215) 794-8599 or head to our website here.