Using native plants and wildflowers in landscape installations as a way to “go green” in the green industry.
(2014) Irrigation and Green Industry magazine. If you’ve been using plant material and wildflowers that are native to your local area, you’ve been in the eco-green movement for a while, although you may not have realized it. Now, more than ever, ‘going green’ is a growing, positive trend in our industry. The terms ‘going native,’ eco-green, sustainable—you understand them; however, there are many landscape contractors who don’t. Going native is now being heard, perhaps nowhere as loudly as within the green industry.
Installing landscapes using native plants and wildflowers is a large part of this movement. Rather than following the traditional approach, planting whatever we want, no matter where the plants come from, or the amount of water and chemicals it takes to keep them alive, the sustainable philosophy opts for local sourcing. The idea here is that plants that evolved in a certain environment naturally thrive in that place, needing few or no “crutches” to keep them going once they’re established.