Start a Garden: Replace your invasive landscape plants with native alternatives. Unlike many
non-native plants, native plants are hardy, less susceptible to pests and diseases and unlikely to
escape and become invasive. The great variety of plants native to any region give gardeners
options that work well in any type of garden design. Because maintaining native plants requires
less work, they provide excellent choices for large commercial landscapes as well as residential
gardens. Of course, native plants have other benefits. They help conserve water, reduce mowing
costs, provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, protect the soil and save money on fertilizer and pesticides.