Top Natives to Support Biodiversity

By: Melissa Netzer – Lead Landscape Designer – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI

Biodiversity (short for ‘biological diversity’) describes the whole variety of life on Earth including plants, animals, fungi and bacteria. It can also include the habitats in which these life forms live. Knowledge of and respect for these life forms is important because they contribute, at every level, to the balance of local and global ecosystems. 

Biodiversity is important to people as well as wildlife. The health of our environment is fundamental to our well-being and quality of life. Basic needs such as fresh water, clean air, and fertile soil stem from a diverse natural world. 

All of us can make a difference on this front. When we have the opportunity to add plant material to our landscape, we can keep in mind the importance of biodiversity and install trees, shrubs, and perennials that help support diversity in our own backyards. Using native plants furthers the health of our environment while increasing the odds that the plants will thrive with little or no maintenance. 

Here is a list of some trees, shrubs, and perennials native to Wisconsin that will support the most biodiversity: 

Trees: Birch (Betula), Elm (Ulmus), Maple (Acer), Oak (Quercus), Pine (Pinus), Willow (Salix

Shrubs: Chokeberry (Aronia), Cranberrybush- American (Viburnum trilobum), Dogwood (Cornus), Witchazel (Hamamelis)

Perennials: Aster (Aster), Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), Boneset (Eupatorium), Geranium (Geranium), Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium), Sedges (Carex), Viola (Viola)

Bloch’s Farm is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday – Saturday. Call or stop by for more information and ideas on how to incorporate these important plants and other native plants into your landscape. Check out our selection of native plants as well as other trees, shrubs, and perennials. Feel free to call 920-294-6000 or e-mail with any questions. Visit our website online at and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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