Yes - even if a few of your choices are more planted for the benefits of neighbors than your own plan. An example I've used, although I admit I happen to really like them, are crocuses. They come up early in the spring year after year and I think it's *really* hard to get annoyed about seeing a crocus in a neighbor's lawn. Many people wouldn't think of planting bulbs in their lawn, but I think it's a good first step for many people to increase their lawn's biodiversity. Wildflower bulbs would be even nicer and I have a few I should try and transplant from one area of my property to my front lawn this fall if time permits. I've hesitated because I'm not sure they'll be as happy as they are where nature planted them.
However, one thing people are generally receptive to is obvious, hit-you-between-the-eyes beauty, and while beauty is subjective, there are undoubtedly some plants that are more likely to be seen as beautiful.
Brian Kidd wrote:Thank you for your reply.
In the past, I have tried to do what you have suggested, and have even gotten some relatives interested in plants that are beneficial to butterflies and bees.
I suppose one continuing difficulty is that some friends and relatives just do not think of these plants as aesthetically-pleasing.