While many of our events are on hold during this time, there are still ways that you can help to maintain and protect Oakville’s diverse ecosystems. Supporting native biodiversity in our community is easy and can begin at home.
What is a native species?
Organisms that are adapted to the climate and soil conditions of a region and naturally exist there are considered to be native species. Southern Ontario is home to a plethora of beautiful species of animals, fungi, flora, and fauna. Collectively, these species make up the native biodiversity of an area.
Why is it important to maintain native biodiversity?
Native species are very important to our ecosystems and have been evolving in Southern Ontario for thousands of years. A healthy and diverse ecosystem will provide us with clean air, fresh water, and a more stable climate.
How can you help to maintain native biodiversity?
We can all do our part to support native species in Oakville. Maintaining native biodiversity can begin in your own garden! By planting native flower species, you provide a food source for butterflies, bees, and birds who are attracted to the nectar.
Below are some of the many beautiful flowers native to Southern Ontario:
Black Eyed Susan: Easily recognizable, this flower has golden petals and a dark, brown and purple centre. The Black Eyed Susan loves full sunlight and does tolerate drought, although moist soil is preferred. This flower makes an excellent addition to a garden and adds some colour!
Canada Anemone: This plant has many small, white cup-shaped flowers with yellow centres. They spread easily, are drought tolerant, and grow well in both sun and shade. This beautiful (and low maintenance!) plant will fit into any corner of your garden.
Purple Coneflower: These gorgeous daisy-like flowers will add a pop of colour to your garden. The Purple Coneflower prefers full sun and is drought resistant, so it will not require extra watering during times of regular rainfall. Their pollen filled centres also provide an excellent food source for butterflies. If the soil in your yard is not the best, this flower will thrive. In fact, poor soil encourages more flowering!
By Christine Macpherson