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Landscaping with native plants improves the environment. Native plants are hardy because they have adapted to the local environment. Once established, native plants do not need pesticides, fertilizers, or watering. A native landscape does not need to be mowed like a conventional lawn, thus reducing the demand for non-renewable resources and improving water and air quality. Landscaping with native wildflowers and grasses also helps sustain a healthy ecosystem. Native birds, butterflies and animals are attracted to the their native plants, thus enhancing the biodiversity of the area. The beauty of native wildflowers and grasses creates a sense of place, both at home and work. The native plants increase our connection to nature, help educate our neighbors, and provide a beautiful, peaceful place to relax—naturally.

Using natives helps reduce the epidemic of exotic invasive plants that is destroying the integrity of so many of our natural communities. Not only are you helping support the local economy when you purchase plants from Overhill Gardens, but you know you are getting a product that is locally adapted. Not only are our plants grown in the same climate as where they’ll end up in your yard, much of our seed collection is local, too. This ensures well-adapted genetic stock—plants that evolved right here! And by growing many seedling species instead of cultivars, you know your plants will have more diverse gene pools which is good for the gardener and for the environment.

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