Australia is home to numerous beautiful native plants, from the unique blue-hued Australian daisy to the fun-named lilly pilly. But plants that hail from outside Oceania can be just as beautiful, so what's the point of landscaping with native plants alone?
You may be surprised to learn that a garden filled with native plants has numerous benefits over one with foreign foliage. Here are just a few ways you could benefit from using them.
Native Plants Need Less Water
As one of the driest places on Earth, it's no surprise that Australia is constantly subject to water restrictions. As much as you know that these restrictions are essential in preventing water shortages, they can be a nightmare when you want to keep your landscaping looking at its best. That's one reason why you should consider landscaping with native flowers and shrubs. Since these plants evolved in a dry climate, they're already adapted to needing less water. As a result, they stay looking fresh, healthy and attractive, even when your local authority has banned you from watering your garden.
Native Plants Need Less Maintenance
Alongside needing far less watering, native plants also need less maintenance overall. Have you found that the plants in your yard regularly become diseased? That's because foreign foliage has no 'immunity' to the diseases that are present in Australian soil. Native plants, on the other hand, are naturally resistant to these diseases. The same goes for lighting conditions, soil imbalances, temperature ranges and more. The Australian environment can quickly make foreign plants sick, but native plants are already adapted to deal with these factors. As a result, you'll need to spend far less time on all the maintenance you have to do to prevent sick plants, from transplanting to fertilising to soil testing.
Native Plants Aren't Invasive
Invasive plants can be a big problem for landscaping enthusiasts. If you place invasive plants too close to the rest of your foliage, those plants can kill off everything around them and spread themselves further than they're supposed to. You can sometimes get around this by orienting your entire landscaping structure around those invasive plants, but who wants one flower or shrub ruining their entire vision? The great thing about native plants is that the vast majority of species are not invasive. You won't have to worry about them controlling your entire garden and harming other plants you've spent money on. Likewise, you also won't have to worry about them spreading beyond your own yard and causing devastation to Australia's beautiful natural landscape.
To learn more, contact your local plant nursery today.