Native plants have evolved to thrive in their regions as part of a web of birds, butterflies, insects. We depend on and are a part of these ecologies. Native and non-invasive drought tolerant plants are important elements of climate appropriate planting to save water, provide habitat and create enriching landscapes. Rainwater harvesting and greywater re-use can compensate for more water-intensive, community supporting plantings such as shade trees and food crops. Climate appropriate planting promotes cultural and ecological resilience, integrating the need for plants to fill food, medicine, shade, and wildlife habitat roles.
Climate Appropriate Plants save money on water bills, and are much easier to keep alive and maintain than plants that are not suited to your climate. Climate appropriate fruit trees and vegetable gardens provide food resilience and are more water conserving that irrigated lawn, in most circumstances, and can be irrigated with greywater or rainwater. A well placed shade tree can reduce summer cooling needs, lowering energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions all at once! Native plants provide much needed habitat for wildlife, including pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds.