Native plants can be used to replace nursery industry standbys in the commercial or residential landscape.
(2013) Nursery Management magazine. An article by University of Connecticut’s Dr. Jessica Lubell. It is often said, “Use natives, because they are the best adapted plants for their region.” But, is this really a true statement? Different native species are found in different specific environments. Some native species hail from the margins of swamps in full shade and others from dry rock outcroppings in full sun.
Information about the natural habitat in which a particular native is found may be used as a guide to determine what native plants can be used in particular landscape situations. But sometimes plants surprise us and can also grow in environments that are different from where they are typically found. For example, some natives found in wet areas only, can also perform well in dry conditions under cultivation. In the wild, they do not compete well with other species in dry areas, and this is why they come to occupy wet areas where they are more competitive.