Planting native flora increases local biodiversity, makes your garden look great and doesn’t require much work at all. Plus, native plants help control erosion and provide habitats and food sources for native birds, bees and invertebrates1.
According to this 2020 study2, nearly all native plant communities in New Zealand have been invaded by imported plant species. Imported plants threaten native plants’ resources by competing with their resources needed for survival, which has a trickle-down effect on the local ecosystem.
It’s time to do right by your native flora and find your green thumb. Whether you choose to plant them in a garden bed or a small pot, here are five native plants you should consider growing.