Loss and fragmentation of the native landscape in Northern Virginia has impacted the ecological integrity of the region. Wildlife habitat, water quality, air quality as well as the historic, natural character has suffered. Although much of Northern Virginia has already been converted to pavement or lawns, gardeners can make a difference in the ecological sustainability of our region by planting native plants.
The Plant NoVA Natives campaign features plants that have appealing foliage, berries and flowers that can make your landscape unique, attractive and welcoming not only for people, but also for local wildlife. Because they are naturally adapted to our local soils and climate, these native plants are also easy to maintain when given the appropriate growing conditions.
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After construction, compacted soils make root growth and tunneling difficult and have fewer air and water pockets that serve to nurture and support local species and habitat.
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Guide to Native Plants for Northern Virginia
Rudbeckia hirta, Dot Field/DCR; Lobelia cardinalis, Tony Garvey; Aquilegia canadensis,VNPS Images; Passiflora incarnata, Ken Lawless;
Ilex verticillata, Gary Fleming/DCR; Geranium maculata, Judy Gallagher; Viola sororia, Judy Gallagher