Pollinator Week is June 18 to 24! Leading up to and throughout the week, we’ll be sharing posts about how you can support the pollinators that help our gardens grow! To learn more, visit www.pollinator.org/pollinator-week.
How can you support our natural heritage and support our neighborhood pollinators? By including native plants in your pollinator gardens! A plant is considered “native” if it was here prior to European settlement of North America. These are naturally occurring species that were not introduced to the land by humans either intentionally or accidentally.
Native Plants Benefits
When you use native plants in our garden, you help sustain our native pollinators! Native plants provide food and shelter to our native wildlife, contributing to the health of our ecosystem. Because they are already adapted to our regional conditions, they may require less maintenance. This means you may use fewer pesticides in your garden.
Middle Tennessee Natives
Middle Tennessee is made up of two physiographic provinces: Central Basin and Highland Rim. Each province has unique conditions. For example: Rutherford County is in the Central Basin. Our soil is alkaline while Warren County has acidic soil in the Highland Rim. It’s important to keep your garden’s characteristics in mind when picking out plants. Here are some that are native to our Middle Tennessee area:
Dwarf crested iris
Great blue lobelia
American witch hazel
Eastern red cedar
Swamp chestnut oak
Northern red oak
As you plant them in your garden, use native plants that occur naturally together. Do not dig up plants from the wild to place in your garden. Protect our natural habitat and only get your native plants from responsible nurseries. All our suppliers take great care of the native plants that they provide Martin’s Home & Garden with!