One of the things I'm coming to realize is that we can treat and use native plants much the way we did our old imported exotic ornamentals, but without the harmful use of pesticides and fertilizers. Those of us gardeners who like to dig around in the dirt, can amend the soil with compost, and mulch to keep the weeds down. We can water the native plants to help them get established. We can put them in places that might not be perfect for them and see what happens. In our yard, most of the soil is rock hard clay soil. And even though we're constantly surprised to find what just grows naturally here, I suspect that some of the natives I want to put in specific areas of the landscape just won't be happy without some nuturing. I'm glad to help them along.