Our Favorite Native Plants
The flowers of many of North America's native plants are small and inconspicuous. Their form is natural; a result of an evolutionary process called natural selection. Most common garden plants are non-native species, and many have larger, showy flowers because they've been transformed by artificial selection -- a process of selective breeding by humans. The subtle beauty of native plants often requires a careful, observant eye, and a good lens! But the role of native plants in ecosystem food webs is essential. They feed the native animals they coevolved with. All photos from our biodiversity garden in Ontario, Canada.