Native plants are plants that have historically grown naturally in an
area. Native plants are perfectly adapted to thrive in our area – these
species have developed here in harmony with our soils, climate, and
fauna. In addition to thriving, they often require less water to
maintain and attract desirable wildlife.
Whether you are
looking for ideas for your application, or are simply wishing to
establish a pretty garden in your backyard, explore the links on this
page for guides and tips that are made for Connecticut!
Discover more 'green' gardening tips in these older - but still excellent - fact sheets from Long Island Sound Study. more>>
Non-Native Invasive Plant Lists
Plants that originate outside of our area are non-native plants. Many non-native plants are great and add showy foliage & flowers to our landscape, provide disease- and pest-resistent options, and provide diversity.
Some non-native plants, however, have undesirable characteristics, including invasiveness. Non-native invasive plants are able to outcompete our native plants. Not only do these plants NOTprovide the habitat or food source resources that our native wildlife populations need to survive, they contribute to the loss of the native plants that do.
In Connecticut, it is now illegal to cultivate, transplant or sell certain non-native invasive plants, see the list and fines: CT Public Act 04-203