Sitemap Natives are plants that have always grown in the area. They may not be as diverse or as colorful as invasive plants, but they have several advantages for the new flower gardener. In the first place, they are well-suited to the environment, and they will therefore require only a small amount of care. On top of that, they are often more resistant to the local insects and diseases. If you are not sure which flowers are native, consider contacting your local university extension.