There’s been a big move in recent years to try to restore damaged habitats and ecosystems. As part of that movement, there’s been a lot of research into the kinds of plants that work well for habitat restoration. Within our vast range of habitat restoration plants, you’ll find a wide variety of plants that can be used to significant effect to restore many different kinds of habitats.
We source our propagation stock from across the US, so we can grow plants that are adapted to each USDA hardiness zone that’s represented in the US. That means, no matter where you’re located in the US, we’ve got habitat restoration plants that will suit your zone.
We stock the following types of ecological habitat restoration plants:
And if you’re interested in developing a rain garden to filter water runoff within your landscape, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect species within our wetland mitigation, native wetland, aquatic, pond, and native plant categories.
Wetlands can be incredibly fragile ecosystems. They’re also susceptible to some of the worst invasive plant species. Our selection of wetland mitigation plants is both hardy and well suited to wetlands in every US zone. They’re also great for wet and boggy spots in home gardens.
Native wetland plants
When you’re restoring a wetland, it’s important to restock the ecosystem with native wetland plants. Native plants that are indigenous to the area are even better. We’re sure you’ll find some large native wetland plants to suit your restoration project within our vast selection of native wetland plants.
Home gardeners will also appreciate the versatility of our native wetland plants. If you have a boggy spot in your garden, these plants will likely be pleased there. And if you’re building a pond or other water feature, you’ll want some of these plants to help keep your aquatic environment healthy and low-maintenance.
Best-selling aquatic plants
If you’re not sure which aquatic plants to choose for your project, check out our best-selling aquatic plants. These are the most popular aquatic plants our customers want so when you buy plants in this category; you know you’ll be getting tried-and-tested favorites that will be up to the task you set for them.
Ponds and water features are so very popular in home gardens, so we wanted to put together a selection of plants that look great and bring lakes to life. We’ve got bog plants, emergent and marginal plants, deep marginals, floaters and oxygenators. In short, we’ve got every kind of pond plant that you need to create a healthy water ecosystem.
Perhaps the most important part of habitat regeneration is to choose plant species that are native to the area. We’re sure you’ll find a great selection of native plants to suit your habitat restoration project in our online shop.
The grass is crucial to successful habitat restoration. In this section of our online shop, you’ll find a fantastic selection of herbs to suit the home garden and habitat restoration and ecological regeneration projections.
Live stakes are handy for bioengineering (the process of arresting and preventing slope and stream-bank erosion and failure). They’re a cheap and effective means of stabilizing slopes, and so, of course, we’ve put together a selection of live stakes for every USDA hardiness zone in the US, from zone 3-11.
Rain gardens are an excellent way to filter and slow rainwater and stormwater so it can be more easily absorbed into a landscape and so any water runoff is clean. All our habitat restoration plants can be used to develop beautiful rain gardens.
How Restoration Plants Are Utilized In Replanting Natural Areas
There are many reasons a natural habitat can suffer or be destroyed. There are compelling reasons why they should be restored or, even, created wherever possible. In this time of damaging climate change, nature can be our best ally, and following nature's plans can yield the best results.
While any plant that can survive in an environment can do some good, the best plan is to bring back natural habitats by using restoration plants. As the name suggests, these plants will restore the habitat to the condition nature intended. There are local and state agencies that can provide information about the plants that are indigenous to the area being restored. They should also be able to help you plan the restoration. In addition to using indigenous restoration plants, you want to establish a balance that will work together to create a healthy environment that will provide sustenance to the insects, birds, and animals necessary to its survival.
One of the critical components involved in the restoration of a wildlife habitat concerns trees. The trees must be able to survive all the extreme weather conditions of the local environment. Several kinds of trees can form the foundation of a habitat. One example is the environment associated with the long leaf pine. The encroachment of civilization and the menace of climate change have threatened what was once a thriving ecosystem. The environmental health of the planet is dependent on the restoration of these valuable natural habitats. Not only must vigorous trees be reintroduced to an area, but the environment must protect the healthy balance that will allow the trees to reproduce and, thus, provide for future maintenance.
The trees and pine needles create an acidic environment, which means the plants that will thrive must be able to grow under such circumstances. That's why there are plants that grow in a long leaf pine forest that can't be found in any other kind of environment on earth. Blackberries, bear berries, and blueberries grow wild in long leaf pine forests as do a variety of ferns including maidenhair, lady, oak, and royal. You'll also find a variety of other plants including wild geranium, woodland sunflower, azalea, hosta, ivory sedge, sweet wood ruff, Jacob's ladder, heuchera, sweet bay, swamp cyrilla, and lily of the valley.
There are numerous benefits associated with the restoration of natural habitats. One of the most crucial has to do with the preservation of endangered species. Healthy wildlife habitats are essential if we're to save endangered animals. Each loss negatively impacts the natural diversity that's an invaluable component of the world's vibrant ecosystem. Each natural habitat that's restored, especially those that are created around restoration plants, is a valuable part of saving the environment that's necessary to our survival.
Earth Restoration with Benefits of Wetlands
Once considered as impediments to development and wastelands, wetlands are now widely recognized as vital water features for landscape, which provide many valuable services to people and wildlife. They are a crucial part of the ecosystem, and experts are now alerting people to the importance of restoring rather than eliminating the wetlands. Restoration entails renewing historical and natural wetlands that have been degraded or lost and recovering their values and functions as essential ecosystems. Here are some of the benefits of wetlands.
By controlling the flow of water, wetlands trap sediments and retain excess nutrients and other pollutants like heavy metals. These functions are essential, especially when a wetland is connected to water sources, like lakes and rivers, which are in turn used by people for water drinking purposes. Lesser amounts of sediments mean cleaner waters and a better setting for aquatic life. Many plants are indicators of water quality, and wetland plants, such as cattails, can hold some of the pollutants that remain in the soil.
Wetlands can slow runoff water than most soil types, reducing the frequency watercourses reach catastrophic floods levels. They act as natural buffers, temporarily holding excess water and releasing it slowly. These functions reduce flood peaks and protect property owners from the damage caused by floods. Moreover, plants, like marsh marigold and skunk cabbage, saturate the soil, and permanently saturated soils can hold a significant amount of floodwater.
When a wetland loses its value as fish habitat, the resulting losses to the fishing businesses can be significant. Therefore, it is essential to restore it to avoid such injuries. Many species of fish rely on wetland plants, such as water plantains, for breeding, foraging, and cover. Also, the favorable conditions in wetlands provide a unique habitat for fish species that cannot survive elsewhere, and plants, like pink lady's slipper, yellow water cup, and manna, improve the quality of wetlands where most species can thrive.
The low water levels and abundant cultivation in wetlands play host to most animal and plant species. These species attract wildlife enthusiasts and nature photographers, and thus wetlands are great places to hunt, fish, canoe, and enjoy or explore nature. They are also the right place for people who want a quiet and peaceful time.
Restoration is an essential tool to increase, protect, and improve wetlands. However, it is a complex process, which requires proper planning, implementation, monitoring, and management. It is, therefore, imperative to seek advice from the right sources.