Natives: Why or why not?
It seems like this is a good discussion to get going again, been a while since there was a good debate on this subject. I'll start:
I admit I am a native plant enthusiast; I prefer my natives over exotics from other continents/countries. The natives "look better" to me, they are what I have always known. When I was "young" (I am only 20), I used to love walking in the woods (still do!) to see what I could find. There was always all sorts of neat plants to look at. At our new house, I was thoroughly disgusted to find the woods were a solid sweep of garlic mustard. I've been trying to re-introduce wildflowers and shrubs that should have been here in the first place - Not easy!
I love a nice, prim and proper manicured garden as much as the next guy, I just find natives more to my liking.
By the way, try to leave xenophobia out of it - plants are NOT people...