Native is Better!

July 22nd, 2021

Did you know?

- A Colorado native shrub can be described as existing in Colorado prior to European settlement.

- Native plant communities make Colorado visually distinct from the eastern, southern, or western United States.

- Native plant gardens are wildlife habitats and each plant contributes to the biodiversity of the state.

- Landscaping with natives on a large or small scale can maintain biodiversity that otherwise would be lost to development.

 

There are many benefits to using Colorado native shrubs for home and commercial landscapes.  Colorado native shrubs are naturally adapted to their specific Colorado climate, soils, and environmental conditions. When correctly sited, they can be ideal plants for a sustainable landscape that requires reduced external inputs such as watering, fertilizing, and pruning. In order to realize these benefits, the planting site must approximate the natural environmental conditions of the plant in its native habitat.

Another benefit of using Colorado natives in landscapes is that they may attract a wide variety of wildlife including mammals, birds, and butterflies. Rapid urbanization in the state is reducing biodiversity as habitat is removed for building and road construction. Landscaping with natives on a large or small scale can maintain biodiversity that otherwise could be lost to development.