A permaculture garden is a garden where plants are grown on a self-sustaining basis with regard to all the natural factors provided by the environment, such as rain, sunlight, and wind.
The following is a guide towards the benefits of planting native plants in one’s garden, explained explicitly by a permaculture garden designer herself. To quote her, “As a permaculture garden designer, I do not always design exclusively with native plants, but native plants will almost always for the major parts of my plans”.
A ‘native’ plant by definition is an indigenous plant that is grown in a particular region and is well suited to its own climate and conditions. Thus, native plants provide adequate advantages for a holistic permaculture garden.
Firstly, they adapt well to the local environment. This means that such plants tend to grow well within their regions’ soil, climate, and humidity, resulting in fertile and good growth, reducing pest problems and plant-related diseases.
Furthermore, the usage of native plants can save money, a contrast to non-native plants, because they are grown naturally and can propagate with only a few amount of plants. While growing non-native plants might not be a success in terms of adapting to a different environment and in terms of cost, seeds will have to be purchased, including fertilizer, for better growth.
Another disadvantage of non-native plants is that most of these species cannot grow without harming or threatening the native species. As a result, it may cause damage to the local ecosystem and reduce their biodiversity. Thus, gardeners should refrain from combining a non-native plant with a native plant without sufficient knowledge.
Another advantage is the blend of native plants and wildlife. As we all know, animals such as butterflies and bees play a huge role in nature, mainly for the propagation of plants. Such benefits reflect on their intimate interactions and relationships with plants.
The reason for this connection is because native plants indeed offer a home to all native wildlife by providing them with shelter, food, and most importantly, a ground to breed, which in turn, a non-native plant cannot provide.
Finally, native plants bring light to the garden with their variety of colors and shades. They not only shine bright through their outward appearance, but they are also very beneficial, edible, and medicinal. Therefore, native plants are seemingly proved to be very beneficial for a permaculture garden.
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