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Plants do not exist to be pretty. 

They are hubs of life for countless species above and below the soil.

Native plants are the FOUNDATION of the food webs and VITAL for sustaining ecosystems. 


Once established, native plants are easy to maintain because they are adapted to Montana's temperatures, rainfall patterns, and soil conditions.


Native Plants:

  • Resist local pests and disease.


  • Reduce soil erosion, build soil structure, and absorb rainfall.


  • Require less water, and no fertilizer.


  • Are preferred by native birds, wildlife and pollinators for food and shelter. 

The mark of a healthy landscape is species diversity:  grasses, forbs, shrubs, and trees. 

Sustainable Landscaping

Xeriscaping, for example, is the wise use of water through water-efficient landscaping. Studies have shown that incorporating appropriate design with native plants can cut down on:

  • water usage by 50%

  • maintenance and labor by 30%

  • fertilizers by 61%

  • fuel by 44%

  • herbicides and pesticides by 22%

Seven Principles of Xeriscaping
1. Plan and Design Comprehensively
2. Improve Soil with Amendments
3. Reduce Lawn Areas
4. Use Appropriate Plants and Group Them According to Water/Environmental Needs
5. Irrigate Efficiently
6. Use Mulches
7. Maintain Your Landscape

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Economic Benefits of Native Plants

  • Lower Water and Maintenance Costs

  • Enhanced Real Estate Values

  • Increased Survivability of Plantings

Environmental Benefits of Native Plants

  • Improved Water and Soil Conservation

  • Reduced Use of Petroleum Products

  • Improved Air Quality/Carbon Sequestration

  • Enhanced Urban Wildlife Habitat

  • Reduced Water Contamination

Aesthetic Benefits of Native Plants

  • Increased Year-Round Visual Impact

  • Increased Wildlife Viewing

  • Edible and Decorative Products


Inspiration for Your Garden

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