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Plant your bird food today!

Updated: Apr 24, 2018

The season is underway, and now is a great time to start planning for your spring and summer garden! This spring support additional habitat by planting more native species in your home or balcony garden. Once established, native plants typically need less care because they evolved with local soil and climate conditions. Natives also support butterflies, birds and pollinators such as the Monarch - which is the poster child for so many more important invertebrate species. Get to know some of our native beauties! The resources of the Plant NOVA Natives initiative can support you in this.

Here are three easy native plants for each season that every gardener can enjoy:

Native Plants for All Seasons (pictured above)

Spring Blooming

Red Columbine Aquilegia canadensis

Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginiana

Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum

Summer Blooming

Orange Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa

Scarlet Bee Balm* Monarda didyma

Blazing Star Liatris spicata

Summer Blooming

Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta

Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis

Blue Lobelia* Lobelia siphilitica

* In the right conditions, the species marked with a star may spread quickly. Plant carefully!

These native plants are all featured in the Plant NOVA Natives guide, a resource specifically designed for Northern Virginia gardeners with information on locally native species. Download a free copy of the guide and see where you can find these plants at The website offers listings of native plant sales, nurseries, deer resistance information, and much more. There's even a new app developed to go on the road (and to the nursery or plant sale) with you! Tell your neighbors about it, and look for copies of the guide at events and sales - it makes a great gift for a friend or neighbor (hard copies can be ordered directly online courtesy of the Virginia Native Plant Society, one of its many sponsors).


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