Why Plant Natives? Promote wise stewardship of the land and the conservation of our natural resources.
- Using native plants contributes to the health and often the restoration of an ecosystem. Planting natives in an urban setting helps restore the character of the land and places fewer demands on resources.
- Provide food and shelter for native wildlife.
- Using native plants in landscaping helps sustain native butterflies, beneficial insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, and other native species.
- Beech, oak, and hickory trees provide nesting habitat and important nuts and acorns for a variety of wildlife. In the winter, evergreen trees like American holly, white pin and hemlocks provide important shelter and food.
- Spring migrating and nesting birds rely on the insects in our lush forests to give them the energy to travel long distances and raise their young. Fall migrating birds depend on high-energy fruits from flowering dogwood, spicebush, and Virginia creeper.
- Hardy and should withstand regional weather extremes when properly sited and planted. Native plants have many inherent qualities and adaptive traits that make them aesthetically pleasing, practical, and ecologically valuable for landscaping.
- Cranefly Orchis (PDF)
- Create an Anniversary Garden (PDF)
- Fit for Man and Beast (PDF)
- Native Perennials (PDF)
- Native Plants for Wildlife (PDF)
- Native Plants for Wildlife and Beauty (PDF)
- Native Riparian Plants (PDF)
- Native Trees and Shrubs (PDF)
- Native Vines and Grasses (PDF)
- Orange Crested Orchis (PDF)
- Plant Milkweed- Save the Monarchs (PDF)