Naturalizing Gardens: What it Means and why it is Important?

You may have heard of “naturalizing” in gardening lingo. The term refers to unplanned planting of bulbs. A naturalized plant is one which is not native to a place but it reseeds and spreads, attracting pollinators. These are different from perennials that return every year. Naturalized plants will spread into non-native regions and have the power to reproduce in their new homes without human intervention, and ultimately set up a population there.

Naturalized regions will flourish when these are planted using self-propagating bulbs. These freely spread across the lawns and fields, and over time the plants redesign themselves. An example of a naturalized plant in the US is the wild daffodil. These could self-pollinate; this means that the local insects weren’t needed for the plants to reproduce or flourish in the US. Interestingly, the daffodils were also not native to UK but were believed to have been brought there by the Romans. It was there that they naturalized subsequently and soon became a part of the local landscape.

Nature depends on balance and diversity. So, in this sense, naturalized plants support biodiversity as they provide pollinators with pollen. They can comfortably adapt to the environment around them. Since they act like native plants, they can thrive in the landscape without needing a lot of care or maintenance. They help to replenish the soil when they finish their life-cycles.

So, a naturalized garden is essentially a landscaping technique. It incorporates the local or native plants into its design and architecture. Such gardens can be seen in different sizes and shapes. It depends on where the garden is located or what approach the landscaper has adopted. Naturalized gardens will always accept native plants which thrive in the particular areas they have been planted in. such gardens will be low in maintenance and not invasive to surrounding areas. They offer benefits of indigenous planting like wild life ecology or water conservation. Whenever you have a naturalized garden the wild life in the area will get attracted to it, whether it is the butterflies or hummingbirds.

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The best part about naturalized gardens is that they are distinct. No two gardens will be identical. Moreover, you can end up saving a lot of money when you opt for naturalizing. Plants incorporates into such gardens have grown to thrive and therefore will last longer and be healthier than their counterparts that aren’t natives. This helps to give the garden a unique life-cycle which keeps going on for years to come without any need for re-plantation.

Naturalization in gardening is valuable because it can increase wildlife sightings near your home. Plants which have high amounts of nectar will attract the birds and butterflies while native plants producing berries will attract songbirds. When you have a naturalized backyard, it can be a whole lot of fun for the kids. They will enjoy exploring the creeks and wetlands and discovering new plants and bugs in their backyards. They develop an interest in nature which is most desirable.

Developing a naturalized garden is anything but easy. You need to take care to maintain the area to ensure that weeds aren’t a problem. It will probably take many years for the garden to become established. Some stages in the process may be weedy to people used to a neat landscape; so, you have to observe and detect unwanted species growing here and eliminate those right away.