There are many reasons for using native plants:
Native plants provide "watchable" wildlife habitats. Native butterflies, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, and other animals, evolved with the native flora and are sustained by it year round. Native landscapes provide diverse food, shelter, and support for native wildlife.
Weather extremes, either temperature or drought, have shown us one of the best and most practical reasons for using native plants -- their adaptations to local climate. When provided growing conditions like those of their native habitat, native plants are dependable additions to cultivated landscapes.
Ecological preservation is another reason for using native plants. Failure to conserve, tend, and preserve the habitats of these and other native plants can lead to their extinction. Habitat protection and preservation are obligations of all Georgia citizens.