As climate change intensifies and habitat dwindles around the globe, there is thankfully one simple way to help the environment, starting right in your own back yard: Plant natives.
Native plants not only nourish and attract the wildlife, pollinators, and microbial communities that make up the living landscape, but they’re more resilient in the face of extreme weather and all around easier to grow than exotic ornamentals.
Whether you live amongst the dusty hills of L.A, the high plains of Colorado, or the green grass of Virginia, there are plenty of hardy natives to help heal your little corner of the universe. Here are some of the best for every region.
(On just a quarter-acre of land, you can produce fresh, organic food for a family of four—year-round. Rodale's The Backyard Homestead shows you how.)