University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System: Water Quality and the Home Landscape

Sustainable Landscaping: Bio-diverse Gardens

by Carl Salsedo, Ph.D.

Extension Educator, Horticulture

Utilize a diversity of native and non-invasive exotic plants:

Remember, a bio-diverse garden and landscape supports a wide variety of life, from plants and animals, to insects and beneficial pollinators. Again most gardeners are more at home with this facet of the landscape. For example, your area of interest may be growing herbaceous perennials. Planting a wide spectrum of species from local wildflowers to non-invasive plants will attract local pollinators, beneficial insects and hummingbirds to visit your gardens again and again. It is difficult to maintain landscapes in areas such as rocky slopes or steep hillside, consider letting native wildflowers and weedy species take over. For one thing most of these species are drought tolerant, requiring no care but as importantly they require little input for the caretakers of this piece of earth.

Use a variety of plants

Sustainable Landscaping:
Bio-diverse Gardens