A recent editorial in the Ann Arbor News supported the notion that native plants are, literally and figuratively, a necessary part of the landscape of our future. Native plants are becoming more popular for any number of reasons not the least of which are their lack of need for expensive and possibly harmful fertilizers and their tolerance for drought. I've talked about all of this before, so I won't dwell on it again.
Suffice it to say, our neighbors think we're crazy to have native plants, a.k.a. weeds, growing in our yard. I like to wave at them while their mowing for hours and hours, while I wonder how expensive the mower is to maintain and fuel.