Native Plants – Why Care?

Learn about native plants, how to grow and buy them, and the difference between native plants and alien species. Source: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Natural Heritage Division

Redbud Trees

Redbud (Cercis canadensis)


Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Nearly 100 incredibly useful fact sheets for plants that thrive in our local conditions and benefit our local wildlife habitats. Includes fabulous photography and descriptions of plants in seven groups: including: ferns, grasses and sedges, ground covers, perennials, shrubs, trees, and vines. There’s also the companion “Problem Plants Fact Sheets,  highlighting plants that are widely available in the nursery trade but have invasive tendencies and problematic growth habits. The fact sheets also offer suggestions for attractive native plants to consider as substitutes. Source: Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV)


How to Create Native Habitats in Your Yard

Very useful tips and a list of actions you can take to help protect our natural environment and minimize destruction of habitats. Source: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources


Native Plant Garden Templates

Incredibly useful, interactive tools for selecting plants, with free templates for a dry shade garden, moist shade garden, dry sun garden, moist sun garden and a butterfly and hummingbird garden. Source: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources


Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping in the Chesapeake Watershed

Learn how to grow native plants for wildlife and conservation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed with this extensive, 85-page report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Covers benefits of using native plants, how to choose and purchase them, and which ones are best for specific purposes, such as coastal dunes, marshy areas, bog gardens, dry meadows, woodlands, slopes. Also includes plants for spring and fall color and deer resistant plants, with photos and plant descriptions. We love this resource! A great reference source for anyone who wants to incorporate more natives into their yards.  Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Virginia bluebells

Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)


Questions to Ask When Purchasing Native Plants

A helpful list of questions to ask when purchasing native plants from garden centers and nurseries. Source: Virginia Native Plant Society





Native Plants for Delaware Landscapes

Easy-to-use four-page reference list of Delaware native deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, organized by size with special features noted, such as especially impressive fall color, blooms, attractive fruit and plants that attract wildlife. Source: University of Delaware Cooperative Extension


Maryland Native Plants by County

Find native plants in Maryland with these easy-to-use lists organized by county. Source: Maryland Native Plant Society


Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)


Maryland Native Plant Chart

An excellent chart of plants in Maryland, organized by trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, vines and groundcovers. Includes moisture and light requirements, bloom periods, fall color, plant size, growing regions in Maryland and much more. Source: University of Maryland Extension


Native Plants of Pennsylvania Database

Awesome searchable database of plants, with search options for different growing conditions like dry shade, dry sun, wet shade or wet sun), plant type, bloom type and even “best bets” – plants that are proven to be hardy. Source: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources


Pennsylvania Native Perennials Garden

Extensive list of native perennials with descriptive information on each plant. Source: Penn State Extension

Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)

Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)


Native Plants of the Virginia Grasslands

Overview of the importance and benefits of native plants and a table of plants of the Virginia Grasslands. Source: Department of Conservation and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program




Pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba)

Pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba)



Virginia Native Plant Registry Sites

The Virginia Native Plant Society manages a registry program to protect plants residing in natural communities throughout Virginia. Check out the Registry for a list of sites and locations throughout the state. Many are open to the public.


Useful Native Plant References

Excellent list of reference books. Source: Penn State Extension