Designing with nature and native wild species; an important step to reduce the use of alien garden plants.
Garden plants unintentionally spreading into natural habitats is an increasing problem, causing negative impact on both local biodiversity and ecological function. However, native wild species can often replace aggressive non-native garden plants. Until now, there has been little demand for such plants, only small-scale production and a limited range of plants available. This article discusses native garden plants on the market in Norway and Norwegian legislation on invasive alien species. It also examines how private gardens, public parks and other green spaces can be used as alternative biotopes for wild plant species that are under pressure because of habitat loss due to human activity. By using more native species in parks and gardens, we can safeguard their genetic diversity evolved over thousands of years in nature and prevent further loss of Norwegian species.