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Native Plants

in the Chesapeake 

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for the Chesapeake

 

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Why use native plants

 

It all comes down to this: every little bit does, indeed, help the Chesapeake. We have all read providing habitat is good for local pollinators and birds. Native plants are, hands down, the fastest way there.  Non-native plants just don’t provide the same type or quality of food.

Add native plants to your balcony container, a small bed in your townhouse garden or a large section of your one acre lot, and you will make a difference in our Chesapeake landscape. You will create habitat, grow high quality seeds and produce the nectar local pollinators and birds are seeking.

Best of all – your garden, no matter its size, will feel more alive and be more interesting! Please check out these tools to get started or expand upon what you are already doing!

In Northern Virginia, the District and Maryland, these are the best places to buy native plants for your garden, whether it's a balcony or an acre.

For most of your favorites, from azaleas to wisteria, there is a native alternative to add buzz and interest in your garden. Explore options.

Oodles of native plant and gardening advice to lead you to your own unique garden and bump up habitat in our Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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