Tough as nails and beautiful. What better combination is there? For the conscientious gardener, there’s even more to love about native plants than that: Natives attract more pollinators, more birds, and more of the microbiota that build the garden’s soil than any of their exotic counterparts.
Plant a native and you’re laying the foundations for an entire thriving backyard ecosystem. Whether your planting grounds are in Washington, Maine, or somewhere in between, try these six wide-ranging native species to keep the garden looking its best and filled with the wildlife you love.
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