- First, of course, they are well-suited to your particular location, if you've chosen plants properly.
- They have few insect or disease problems.
- They improve soil organic matter and soil structure.
- They can help reduce/prevent runoff and erosion.
- They generally require little maintenance.
- They attract beneficial insects and provide food and shelter for birds and other small creatures.
- They provide a reliable, permanent foundation for the garden.
- They offer long-lasting color.
- Lots of textures, heights and forms to choose from.
The Minnesota DNR is a great resource for Minnesota gardeners interested in working native plants into the landscape. There's also a nice book titled Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota by Lynn Steiner, in which you may find inspiration and information about many of the species native to the state. Here are a few other UM Extension sites that may be helpful: