Natives for Everyone

Using native plants instead of the conventional choices livens up the garden.

By Andrea DeLong-Amaya

Photography by Christa Neu

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native plants for everyoneA native plant is one that occurs naturally in a region. Below is a list of natives (and cultivars of native species) suitable for landscapes in various regions of the country. Find out more about each of them and see photographs by visiting the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center’s native plant information database at wildflower.org.
 

Northeast/Mid-Atlantic

Herbaceous

  • Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
  • Carolina springbeauty (Claytonia caroliniana)
  • Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)
  • ‘Jacob Cline’ bee balm (Mondarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’)

Grasses/Grasslike

  • ‘Heavy Metal’ switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’)
  • Sweetflag (Acorus calamus)

Trees

  • Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis)
  • Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

Shrubs

  • Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
  • Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)
     

Choose Your Region

 

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