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Native Plants

Native plants are an important part of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and can actually have an impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Natives have adapted to the environment in which they are from, leaving them better equipt to handle the weather, soil and insects present in that area. This means residents, like you, will have to buy and use less fertilizer and pesticides in your gardens. When you use less fertilizer and pesticides, that means there is less pollution running into the Chesapeake Bay during rain storms.

Finding sources of native plants can be tricky, as most commercial nurseries carry only a few varieties.  This information is designed to help you choose species of plants to use on your project.

Databases of Native Plants:

Where can I buy Native Plants?

General Planting Technical Assistance and Information

For information on how to utilize these plants in rain gardens, click here.