Growing Native

A plant is considered native, by definition, if it has occurred naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without human introduction.

This means these plants will will thrive in the soils, moisture levels, and weather of your region. That means less watering and virtually no pest problems, which as a result saves money spent, water wasted, chemicals sprayed!

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Native plants can also help with your rain water runoff, as their root systems are generally much deeper & keep the soil from being compacted. There are even options for a rain garden, where the plants will thrive in soggy/wet conditions.

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Southern Blue Flag (Virginia Iris)

Since native plants have been around longer than you or I, the pollinators have a deep relationship with them. Planting natives supports the bees, the butterflies, birds, and all other pollinators, which in turn, supports local farms and other gardens!

While Summit Outdoor Designs is working hard on a landscaping project, we offer up our FREE consultation service in regards to plantings. We work closely with a Master Gardener (MGGKC), that guides you on what plants would thrive in your new landscaping area. Another service of ours is to plant them for you! Another headache, gone!

There are so many reasons to grow native plants, but to sum it up:

  • drought resistant & needs less frequent watering

  • less money spent on water

  • less wasted water

  • pest resistant

  • no money spend on pesticides

  • no dangerous chemicals around children/pets

  • supports pollinators

  • save those bees & simultaneously support nearby farms

  • watch the butterflies float from flower to flower

  • gives the Monarchs a place to stop on their migration

  • songbirds need native plants to feed their babies

  • planting perennials

  • less money spent each year on annuals

  • year round beauty

  • bio-swales

  • create a native rain garden to help with that soggy spot in the yard

  • could even build a pond with fish


Our favorite place for information would have to be Grow Native:

  • has lists for each type of gardening (vegetable, pollinator, rain)

  • provides webinars & education FREE

  • showcases plant sales to help you grow native!

  • has pre-designed landscape plans

Another great option is our very own Department of Conservation:

  • whole section just on trees, invasive plants, and how to improve your property

  • we love this informational packet on growing native - LINK

  • showcases places to go, hiking trails, and field guides

Ask your local garden nursery such as Kaw Valley, Colonial Gardens, Heartland Nursery, or GrassPad. They each have knowledgeable staff in regards to growing native!

Summit Outdoor Designs would love to help you create your landscaping and fill it with beautiful, native plantings. If you're looking for someone to help make your dreams a reality, give us a call!

(816) 524-8565

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