New Post on the Downside to Biodiversity

I have a new post up at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens on the value of a less diverse array of plant species.  You can read an excerpt below, or go straight to the blog: “Too Much Biodiversity is Bad News for Wildlife“.

Finding the optimal diversity of plant species will encourage more wildlife, including beneficial insects. Finding the optimal diversity of plant species will encourage more wildlife, including beneficial insects.

Native plants offer the gardener an overwhelming array of benefits, but they are not without controversy. Despite all the evidence that landscaping with more native plants is healthier for people and for wildlife, some gardeners seem intent on attacking the whole notion.

Mention the concept of “biodiversity“, on the other hand, and you will find nearly uniform support. Biodiversity is so obviously a good thing – like Mom and apple pie – that no one could possibly be opposed to it. Right?

While biodiversity can be a (very) good thing, like any good thing too much of it can be bad.

Click here to finish reading “Too Much Biodiversity is Bad News for Wildlife“.

A Family Tree of Ninebark Cultivars

Karyl Seppala has a great post on Ninebark at the Beautiful Wildlife Garden blog today. She is absolutely correct that the native Physocarpus opulifolius is a wonderful shrub:  beautiful and useful to wildlife.  And while cultivars of native plants have some challenges, in a designed landscape they can be indispensable.

There are many cultivars of Ninebark, but many share the same parentage.  To keep them straight, I made a “family tree” of the most common ones.  I find it helpful, and maybe you will too.

A family tree of Ninebark cultivars

Native Plant Cultivars – Good, Bad, and Ugly

I’ve got a guest post up on the Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens blog on the topic of native plant cultivars.

It’s a meaty topic, and I feel I just uncovered the tip of the iceberg, but I hope you enjoy it.

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