The Value of Native Plants
Many native species of plants can be hosts for pollinators, with their eggs or food for their young. An example would be a butterfly, such as the close relationship between monarchs and milkweed
Planting these alternatives to the big box mass-produced flowers saves energy (in growing, fertilizing, administering pesticide treatments, transporting and marketing throw-away annuals); and reduces non-recyclable packaging (because they are perennial); and provides pollinators, bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects with the habitat plants they require. These species in turn support the songbirds we like to see in our backyards.
Many garden groups are now advocating native plants and that they are becoming increasingly available in retail shops, and are known for their resilience and beauty, (albeit not generally as familiar as the exotic specimens that have been introduced, often with terrible consequences). Exotic invasive species such as bush honeysuckle or the Asian pear trees cost many millions of dollars yearly to eradicate.
You can learn more about native plants by contacting the Kentucky Native Plant Society.
Helpful Links on Roadside Vegetation: