"Plants that work for a living" has been my screen for plants to add to my garden for a long time.
Do they provide sustenance for pollinators? Are they host plants for butterfly pollinators? Do they provide habitat for nesting birds? Do they restore habitat?
I should add, too, do they feed me and my hubbie, too? I'm a passionate vegetable gardener as well as being a gardener who welcomes and supports wildlife.
I loved this article in the NYT about Asking More of the Landscape.
It's all about restoring the habitat diversity in our personal landscapes and public landscapes. It's vital and important to do. And it's good work.