Gardens containing a large number of native plants have advantages over traditional gardens with lawns and typical herbaceous borders of horticultural species. They help to preserve Edmonton’s diminishing nature as suburbs grow and they do a better job than lawns of soaking up rain that would otherwise contribute to street runoff and ultimately river pollution and flooding. Native plants also require less water and fertilizer, so they can be cheaper to maintain. Yards without lawns require no mowing so less garden waste goes into the landfill each summer.
Natural yards, which can typically contain some horticultural species as well as native ones, should be maintained to the same standards as traditional yards. Weeds should be controlled, and the yard should have aesthetic appeal even if it looks somewhat different from other yards in the neighbourhood. Natural yards should follow the same principles of good landscape design as traditional ones.
Where To Find Native Plants
Visit the Edmonton Native Plant Society website for more information on native plants and guidelines on where to find them and how to grow them.