Knowing your hardiness zone and planting with it inmind can keep your landscaping vibrant all year long.


Invasive species are non-native plants or animals that have the potential to cause economic or environmental harm

to an area, including potentially harming human health. For example, although Japanese honeysuckle is beautiful and smells amazing, if you plant it in your yard it will take


Once you know your zone there are a myriad of resources online to help you find the perfect plantings and pairings for your new landscape. Here are a few useful websites: •

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over the entire yard and smother other plants as it spreads.

planting native to bring out the best in your investment for your residents, renters, and your returns. •

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES Whether you are looking to raise your sales price, attract renters who will truly love your property, or just make that first impression one your buyer will never forget, planting in the right zone will optimize your curb appeal and all the advantages that brings. Take your

Furthermore, native planting fosters biodiversity by providing wildlife a nat- ural environment in which to thrive. Of course, using the right plants for your zone also promotes cleaner air, reduces issues associated with invasive species, and supports the native species that live in your zone.

Heather A. Elwing is the assistant editor for Think Realty Magazine and is a li- censed Realtor in Missouri working on her GREEN designation. She may be reached


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