Bringing Nature Home
How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native PlantsBook - 2009 | Updated and expanded paperback edition.
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When designing a butterfly garden, you need two types of plants: species that provide nectar for adults and species that are host plants for butterfly larvae. Butterflies do not lay their eggs on any old plant. An excellent group of plants for butterflies are the milkweeds - butterfly weed, common milkweed, and swamp milkweed. Also: coneflowers and black-eyed susans (rudbeckia species), buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Joe-Pye weed, native violets, virginia creeper, oak trees, sweet gum, native viburnums.
Use native plants, because alien species in our gardens are often so nutritionally unavailable to the other members of the garden community that they might as well not be there at all.
By favouring native plants over aliens in the suburban landscape, gardeners can do much to sustain the biodiversity that has been one of this country’s richest assets. Native plants support and produce more insects than alien plants and there more numbers and species of other animals. A healthy woodlot is a collection of plants and animals - producers and consumers - that are more or less in balance.
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