Our Favorite Plants and Why We Choose Them
Below are some pictures of plants we commonly choose, not just because they’re beautiful. To us, beauty is intrinsic and there is nothing more beautiful than a landscape that serves multiple functions-whether providing habitat for beneficial insects, helping water to permeate the ground more efficiently and/or hiding unsightly elements like chain-link fences or air conditioning units.
Some examples of host plants that we commonly choose for local caterpillars are Passionflower vine for the Gulf fritillary, milkweed for the Monarch, Parsley for Swallowtails. Many people will kill caterpillars they see eating the foliage of the plants but we hope to educate our clients on the ties between us and the natural world. The plant the caterpillar chews up will generate more leaves, the caterpillar will grow into a butterfly and the butterfly will pollinate fruits and vegetables that we consume.
Rain gardens are a part of "green infrastructure,” techniques being used to fight flooding/subsidence in New Orleans and elsewhere in the world. By adding a multitude of plants with varying root systems in low points of a yard (think of a shower drain), we allow water to permeate the ground and replenish the groundwater rather than allowing it to run into our street drains, where taxpayers pay heftily to pump it out. Groundwater helps to keep soil rich and healthy, as opposed to when groundwater is depleted-soil gets depleted of nutrients, gets compacted and/or erodes thus causing subsidence.