Friday, April 22, 2011

Celebrate Earth Day And Go Native...

Aster Sundown
Mojave Aster (Xylorhiza tortifolia)
In honor of Earth Day, please consider using native plants in your garden landscape. There are so many advantages to putting in a native or xeric (desert) garden, including less maintenance once established and often, less water-use.  Plus, they are remarkably beautiful and some species will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Is it the end of an era for the California Wildflower Hotsheet?
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Of course, please don't try to harvest native shrubs and flowers from the wild.  Most don't transplant very well anyway. Species that do adapt nicely to garden use should be easy to find in either seed or plant form.  Just check with your local nursery.