The Benefits of Native Plants and Flowers

Native vegetation evolved to live with the local climate, soil types, and animals. This long process brings us several gardening advantages. Native plants provide multiple benefits to people and wildlife, while contributing greatly to healthy soil and water in urban and rural areas. Native plants attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife by providing diverse habitats and food sources.

In the U.S., approximately 20 million acres of lawn are cultivated, covering more land than any single crop. Unfortunately, there are very few benefits to native wildlife from a manicured lawn. Likewise, gardens that mostly feature non-native species of plants are often of little benefit to wildlife.

Rudbeckia Black Eyed Susan - Goffle Brook FarmsNatural landscaping is an opportunity to reestablish diverse native plants, thereby inviting the birds and butterflies back home. By creating a native plant garden, each patch of habitat becomes part of a collective effort to nurture and sustain the living landscape for birds and other animals.

A native plant garden or large planting with a diversity of trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses provides food and shelter for insects, birds, amphibians, and mammals throughout the growing season.

Leaving seed heads and plant structure throughout winter provides continuing food and shelter for many creatures and provides opportunities to observe nature up close. To underscore the importance of native plants to birds, virtually all terrestrial birds feed their young insects. Native plants provide food for insects, and insects provide food for birds. With no insects, we would have no birds.

Native wildflowers, flowering vines, shrubs, and trees offer a wide range of colors, textures and forms to create dynamic seasonal displays. Grasses and sedges have interesting flowers and seed heads and yellow–orange fall color. Shrubs and trees have fall color and berries that persist into the winter. Choosing a wide assortment of plants ensures seasonal interest, with the bonus of attracting colorful birds, butterflies and insects.

Some of the many benefits of native plantings are:

  1. Native Gardening - Goffle Brook FarmsSave Water:
    Once established, many native plants need minimal irrigation beyond normal rainfall.
  2. Low Maintenance:
    Low maintenance landscaping methods are a natural fit with native plants that are already adapted to the local environment. Look forward to using less water, little to no fertilizer, little to no pesticides, less pruning, and less of your time.
  3. Pesticide Freedom:
    Native plants have developed their own defenses against many pests and diseases. Since most pesticides kill indiscriminately, beneficial insects become secondary targets in the fight against pests. Reducing or eliminating pesticide use lets natural pest control take over and keeps garden toxins out of our creeks and watersheds.
  4. Wildlife Viewing:
    Native plants, birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and interesting critters are “made for each other.” Research shows that native wildlife prefers native plants.
  5. Support Local Ecology:
    As development replaces natural habitats, planting gardens, parks, and roadsides with native plantings can provide a “bridge” to nearby remaining wild lands and wetlands.

Native Perennials of Bergen County

Many of these perennials are available at Goffle Brook Farms

And if we don’t have it – we can find it for you

Astilbe - Goffle Brook Farms

Astilbe

Baptisia false indigo - Goffle Brook Farms

Baptisia

Beautyberry - Goffle Brook Farms

Beautyberry

Bee Balm - Goffle Brook Farms

Bee Balm

Blazing Star - Goffle Brook Farms

Blazing Star

Blue Flag Iris - Goffle Brook Farms

Blue Flag Iris

Butterfly Weed - Goffle Brook Farms

Butterfly Weed

Clematis - Goffle Brook Farms

Clematis

Dicentra Bleeding Heart Goffle Brook Farms

Bleeding Heart

Goffle Brook Farms - Daisy

Daisy

Heuchera - Goffle Brook Farms

Huechera

Iris Hybrida - Goffle Brook Farms

Iris Hybrida

Joe Pye Weed - Goffle Brook Farms

Joe Pye Weed

Lavender - Goffle Brook Farms

Lavender

Native ferns and Garden Decor - Goffle Brook Farms

Ferns

Nettle - Goffle Brook Farms

Nettle

Platycodon-balloon-flowers - Goffle Brook Farms

Balloon Flower

Echinacea Purpurea Purple Cone Flower Blooming

Echinacea

Red Astilbe - Goffle Brook Farms

Red Astilbe

Sedum - Goffle Brook Farms

Sedum

Sedum Autumn Joy - Goffle Brook Farms

Autumn Joy

Sedum-telephium - Goffle Brook Farms

Telephium

Speedwell - Goffle Brook Farms

Speedwell

Summer Phlox - Goffle Brook Farms

Summer Phlox

Wild Cranesbill - Goffle Brook Farms

Cranesbill

Bergen County’s Best Kept Gardening Secret

Goffle Brook Farms – Garden Center/Farmer’s Market

425 Goffle Road Ridgewood,NJ 0745
(201) 652-7540