Where to Buy
Maryland Native Plants
Virginia Native Plants
Chesapeake Bay Native Plants
Nurseries with Native Plants
These central Chesapeake Bay watershed nurseries reliably make native plants easy to find. Nurseries carrying only natives include Herring Run Nursery in Baltimore and Nature By Design in Alexandria; and the others listed have a native plant section or a good selection of natives that are marked and/or knowledgeable staff who can assist. During the pandemic, many of these nurseries are offering curbside pick-up. Please check websites or call for the most current status before heading out!
Maryland Retail Nurseries
Upper Marlboro, MD
This volunteer run nursery uses the grounds at the historic Mt. Airy Mansion to grow Chesapeake ecotype plants. They grow over 100 different plants and offer quart size perennials, small shrubs and saplings. They are closed for the winter and will reopen in March of 2021. (visited 4/19)
This small independent garden center is a five minute drive from Homestead Gardens' Davidsonville location. While small, Ecoasis has a selection of native shrubs and trees in medium to large sizes and prices are quite competitive. Shrubs and trees are in beds in an open field marked "native plants." Their on-line inventory of native plants matched that on-site the day I visited but I would call ahead if looking for something specific. The selection of perennials was more modest. This nursery also carries a range of organic fertilizers and mulch and stone products and has a companion hardscaping business. (visited 8/20)
This nursery sells only native plants and offers a comprehensive selection of perennials, shrubs, and trees. It is the best local source we know of, and may seem a bit off the beaten track but it is totally worth it. The nursery is located on the edge of a golf course. Sales of plants benefit the non-profit organization, Blue Water Baltimore. The website also shows you where to park – at the head of a gravel road. You walk about a 1/4 mile to the nursery and shed. Currently closed for winter. (visited 11/19)
This boutique nursery is an accessory business to the landscape design service. The plants are good quality. The nursery carries a small selection of perennials, shrubs, trees and containers. An up to date inventory list is posted to the website. If you are in Howard County, this is a nearby resource. Please also check the website for hours before you go. (visited 5/19)
This full service garden center usually carries a selection of native perennials and often shrubs and trees. There is often a native plant and/or pollinator plant section for perennials. The pollinator plant section includes natives and non-natives. Native shrubs and trees are mixed among ornamental plants. (visited 08/20)
Kollar Nursery is a family owned nursery nestled in a dell in Harford County, just below the Pennsylvania – Maryland line. Owners Stan and Sharon Kollar, who have been growing native plants since the 1980s, grow most of their own stock and maintain a website with inventory. They have a very good selection of native plants including some that are harder to find. Many shrubs and trees are available in a range of sizes. The nursery seems to be one with their garden so you can view many mature natives in a beautiful setting. The Kollar’s website modestly says if you are in the area, stop by. I’d say it is worth the drive, and a beautiful drive it is, once off the highway. As always, if you are looking for something in particular check the website or call ahead. (visited 8/20)
This full service garden center has a good selection of native perennials and some native shrubs and trees. All native plants are marked with a distinctive “Native to Maryland” sign depicting the state flag. Hybrids of native straight species are marked as native as well. (visited 8/20)
This is a large, working nursery with 20 acres of plants from grasses and perennials to very large trees. Many trees are in ground and many shrubs are in pots in ground. Selection is extensive and prices are very competitive. Most perennials are in gallon size. Native plants are mixed in with the huge array of plants. Bring a shopping list as. browsing may be overwhelming. (visited 8/20)
This full service garden center and Baltimore institution has a good selection of native perennials and usually shrubs and trees. Natives are mixed in with the large selection on non-natives (ornamentals). Valley View also offers an extensive selection of bird, water garden and general garden supplies. (visited 8/20)
Virginia Retail Nurseries
Falls Church VA
This full service garden center carries a wide selection of non-native plants as well as some native plants. Native perennials, shrubs and trees are mixed in with non-natives. In some cases, perennials native to Virginia and 'nativars' are labeled. One of the strongest attributes of this nursery is the incredible selection of trees, including very large trees (20′). If you are looking for a native tree, particularly a more mature tree, this is the place to check. (visited 12/20)
This small nursery, one block off of US1 in Alexandria, just below Potomac Yards, is tucked away at the end of a street populated by light commercial uses. Nature by Design stocks only native plants and has a number of hard to find native plants. Most trees and shrubs are quite young which can be a real bonus for the patient gardener. The staff are extremely knowledgeable. Nature By Design is now closed for the winter. (visited 11/20)
Online Native Plant Nurseries
Middle River, MD
This Maryland nursery offers an on-line store of native perennials, shrubs and trees of the highest quality. You can also search for plants by rain garden, high shade or pollinators. Their shipping season is typically in spring and through late fall though you can place an order year round.
This Wisconsin nursery sells only native plants, has natives that are harder to find and has one of the most helpful websites around – loads of information about each plant, conditions, and more. Prairie also sells small plants – 3″ pots are common and allows you to customize trays – very helpful if you don’t need 32 of the same plant. Check out their pre-planned gardens for different situations. A great source for plants and seeds!
This Minnesota nursery has an extensive on-line store of native perennials, ferns, grasses, ground covers and some shrubs available by mail. Other than the shrubs, most are available in the coveted 2″ size trays of 38 plants. You can search by conditions, type of plant or soil type, particularly helpful for us in the Mid-Atlantic, searching for plants adapted to clay soils. Also, please note, this Nursery has greatest availability well in advance of the Spring and Fall planting seasons. Plan your orders the season ahead.
Native Plant Services
Silver Spring MD
This full service design, installation and maintenance firm specializes in native plant gardens.
While I have not worked with this Silver Spring, MD firm I verified references. Check out their portfolio of habitat and native plant gardens to see their work and to be inspired.
Are you interested in removing and replacing your ivy, vinca or Japanese pachysandra beds with native plants but don’t have time to do it yourself? For residents of Washington DC and the surrounding area, there is an incredible team of people at Love and Carrots who will do this work for you. Their prices are reasonable and they will even help teach your kids why making these changes are so important. They specialize in vegetable gardens as well as native and edible landscapes.
Lauren’s Garden Service
Howard County MD
This small service design, installation and maintenance firm specializes in rain and pollinator gardens. While I have not worked with this Howard County MD firm, I visited with Lauren and checked references. Check out her portfolio to see their array of projects.
Ask your local nursery about stocking native plants. The more customers who request native plants, the more likely nurseries and garden centers will add more native plants.
Please note, Nuts for Natives has no connection to these businesses. We strive to visit or order from the nurseries every 6 months and update this page as needed. If you have updates or additions we should be aware of, please contact us!