Native Landscaping for the Southeast Region
Restoring Beauty & Balance to Southeast Florida
Plants native to Florida are not the same as plants introduced from other places. Native plants provide conservation benefits that others rarely measure up to. When you select plants adapted to your growing conditions, they require very little attention once they are fully established. They will not need additional water and fertilizer to thrive, nor will they need pesticides to cope with typical insect pests. They also are the plants that will literally bring life to your landscape. Native plants form the only real foundation for Florida’s butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, hummingbirds, songbirds, and other interesting wildlife. Living landscapes connect us to the real world and create a sense of wonder in what would otherwise be sterile and uninteresting. You will not be limited in your choices or aesthetics. There are hundreds of wonderful plants to choose from. The Florida Native Plant Society chapters host monthly meetings and field trips. They are an excellent resource to share information and answer questions.
Craig N. Huegel
Begin a Partnership with Nature
Different plants evolved to thrive in each light and moisture niche in the natural landscape. Once they become established in the right light and moisture zone in a garden, they require less maintenance than conventional landscaping. Select plants for their future size at maturity to reduce pruning chores and allow the plants to flower and bear fruit. This right match of light, moisture, and size is the key to sustainable native landscaping. Traditional landscaping tends to exert mastery and geometry. Be encouraged to experiment with new landscape designs that yield a bit to the needs of wildlife. Find use and beauty in the natural characteristics of the species you like. Use this brochure to select a "starter set" of plants that are native to your region. Look at the Resources section to find hundreds of additional species. Create a native landscape that helps the planet and expresses a natural partnership between the earth and ourselves.