The debate between which plants should prevail in gardens, native plants or introduced plants, is a contentious one.
Advocates of our native flora will point out such qualities as water conservation, wildlife opportunities, their limited need for fertilizer and reduced maintenance needs.
Traditionalists, favoring exotic plants, speak of their year-round good looks, the large diversity of choices, easy availability and the important security of gardening with plants with which they are already familiar.
The vast majority of our local landscapes employ an array of well-known introduced, non-native plants, such as delphiniums, penstemons, solanums, ranunculus, salvias, clematis, violas, orchids, poppies, lilies, sweet peas, bleeding hearts, even dichondra.
Traditionalists love these familiar and colorful plants. A quick walk around the block would likely uncover most, if not all, of these well-known stalwarts of our gardens.