Spring has almost returned, and we’re looking forward to warmer weather and more time to enjoy the outdoors! As our local foliage begins to reawaken after the cold and dark of winter, we’re taking a look at what it is that’s sprouting around us and showing a little love to local plant species. Here are some native Virginia plants we love to see that you can add to your garden or yard!
What Benefits Do Native Plants Bring To The Environment?
Native plants provide food and habitat for local animals and insect life, including vital local pollinators! By sustaining local wildlife, the ecosystem remains balanced, with native plants both supporting the populations of certain native species as well as keeping the populations of others in check. It’s also less of an ecological burden to keep native species in your yard since they have specifically adapted to our local soil and climate and therefore require less water or fertilizer. Plus, many native plants are simply gorgeous when added to landscaping!
Per the Plant Virginia Natives organization, each region of Virginia has its own unique list of native plants to try. For those of us in Southeastern Virginia/Hampton Roads, there is a large variety of gorgeous plants to consider for your home.