The Benefits of Native Plants in Maryland

Native Plants in MarylandThroughout our lives, we have been taught to remove Native Plants, opting instead for plants that are common in the nursery industry. These plants are chosen for several reasons, including functionality and aesthetic appeal. They are mass produced and distributed in almost the same way consumer goods are mass produced and distributed. As a result, landscapes across the United States look extremely similar.

Unfortunately, as great as these plants look, many are not suited for the environments we force them into. This means lots of fertilizer, lots of pesticides, lots of chemicals, and near constant watering. Homeowners everywhere are saying the same thing, “isn’t there a better way?”

Well, yes. And it is nothing new.  Native Plants. Native plants take care of themselves because they evolved and adapted to their environments. This is extremely beneficial in so many ways!

Benefits of Native Plants

  1. Low Maintenance: Native plants have long ago adapted to their geographical location. Because of this, they require far less attention than other plants. This means little to no watering, and no chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers.
  2. Better for the Environment: Because native plants do not require pesticides and fertilizers, they are much friendlier to the surrounding environment.
  3. Save Water: On the East coast, 30% of water consumption goes to plants and lawns. Native plants will help cut back on water consumption.
  4. Save Money: Native plants require far less attention, far less water, and no chemicals. All of this adds up to more money in your pocket.
  5. Song Birds: The song bird population has dropped a dramatic 5-10% annually. One of the main reasons is a lack of natural habitat. Adopting native plants can help sustain the song bird population.
  6. And Much More!

Native Plants to Maryland

  1. Achillea millefolium, more commonly referred to as Yarrow, Milfoil, or Western yarrow
  2. Acer negundo, more commonly referred to as Ash-leaf maple or Box elder
  3. Coreopsis verticillata, more commonly referred to as Threadleaf coreopsis, Whorled tickseed, or Whorled coreopsis.
  4. Lonicera sempervirens, more commonly referred to as Coral honeysuckle, Trumpet honeysuckle, or Woodbine.
  5. Magnolia tripetala, more commonly referred to as Umbrella tree or Umbrella magnolia.
  6. Phlox divaricate, more commonly referred to as Wild blue phlox, Lousiana phlox, Blue woodland phlox, Sweet William, or Wild sweet William.
  7. Quercus rubra, more commonly referred to as Northern red oak.
  8. Rhododendron prinophyllum, more commonly referred to as Early azalea, Roseshell azalea, or Woolly azalea.
  9. Quercus coccinea, more commonly referred to as Scarlett oak.
  10. And more!

For a full list of native plant species suitable for planned landscapes in Maryland, Click Here.

Visit Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater for Native Plants in Maryland

We have a great selection of native perennials, trees and shrubs at Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater. Our experts will help you determine the right products for your unique needs.

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