Monday, June 18, 2012

Native Plants for Conservation

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has a great website to help gardeners in Virginia learn more about using native plants:

http://dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/np.cfm

Plants can be looked up by plant type (herb, grass, perennial, shrub, etc.) as well as by light and moisture requirements, use (wildlife, ornamental, conservation, etc.) Virginia is broken down into 3 regions: Mountain, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain. Some plants will be native to all three, while others will be limited to one or two of those regions.

As I’ve said many times before, there are a lot of great reasons to choose native plants…they hold up better in your area and greatly benefit local wildlife who depend on them for food and shelter. I believe if everyone plants just a few natives in the garden, we can help pollinators like bees make a comeback…and that benefits everybody!

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