Native plants are essential to the health of our waterways. They thrive in local soils and need minimal fertilizer or pesticides, so fewer nutrients and chemicals reach our waters. They also help to reduce soil run-off and provide food and nesting sites for local birds, mammaps, and other wildlife. Homeowners prefer native as they require little trimming, watering, or other maintenance.
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds, and beneficial insects to a garden.
[photograph]This residence features native plants in all of the landscaping.
This porch is adorned with native vines, including cross vine (Bignonia capreolata) and a yellow variety of the native trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera semprevirens).