Because many non-natives are invasive plants, this means that they take over an area and prevent native plants from growing there.
Trees Native trees offer shade, which can reduce cooling costs in our warming climate. They also host numerous animal species.
If you are interested in flowers to attract butterflies, insects, birds and other wildlife, even a small 6’x6’ bed would be a great start with the right native plant choices.
A good native ground cover helps prevent water evaporation from your plants and provides shelter and moist soil for many animals that are eaten by local birds.