by Jessica Bowser
The seasons are changing, the temperature is rising and homeowners are cleaning up their yards and making plans for improvements in their landscapes and gardens. The plethora of plant options at the garden centers can seem overwhelming and there are many factors to consider to ensure that the plants you choose will survive and thrive in your yard without intensive maintenance. There is an option that will add beauty and sustainability to your yard, attract wildlife, positively impact the environment and is easy to maintain…Native plant species.
Native plants are perfectly adapted to our local environment. They will thrive in our soil conditions without needing special fertilizers, pesticides or extensive watering. They are hardy plants that will last once they are established in your yard and will attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators for years. Native plants have colorful blossoms, berries and bright foliage throughout the seasons.
The natural beauty of native plants raises property value, conserves water and will make your yard attractive for years to come, but that’s not all. Native plants do more than save you time and money. They are good for the environment too.
Development in Northern Virginia has eliminated many natural areas with plant species that are needed to maintain a healthy ecosystem. Non-native species have been introduced that interrupt the natural cycle, including invasive plants that can destroy ecosystems. Insects, birds and bees all rely on native plants for food and habitat. Planting native species in your yard will contribute to the restoration of our delicate ecosystem while supporting our environment. Your yard can become a sanctuary for pollinators and other wildlife!
Ready to get started? Plant NOVA Natives is a local organization that promotes and supports the planting of native species. Their website has everything you need to help you choose the right species for your yard. They also provide information on garden centers and local native plant sales. Are you looking for personalized support? Plant NOVA Natives has partnered with organizations such as Audubon At Home, who will come to your home at no charge and help you choose plants that are well-suited to your yard.
Native plants are the best choice for a sustainable, low maintenance and beautiful yard. Enjoy the many years of natural habitat and wildlife it will bring to your home!