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Creating Native Plant Gardens
October 18, 2018  |  Published by anonymous

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

? Audrey Hepburn

?Restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity. By creating a native plant garden, each patch of habitat becomes part of a collective effort to nurture and sustain the living landscape for birds and other animals. (https://www.audubon.org/content/why-native-plants-matte)

We have such great resources for native plant gardening in our area (see resources below for a list).  But, why native plants? These are plants that occur naturally in a certain region. So, if you don’t have a green thumb, this may be the way to go as these plants are uniquely situated for the land.  Since they have evolved to their unique spaces, fertilizers, pesticide and other chemical are not necessary to help them thrive. They simply should thrive on their own. Native plants help climate combat change by preserving water and supporting pollinators. They are also an important resource for local fauna. Audubon explains it best: “research by the entomologist Doug Tallamy has shown that native oak trees support over 500 species of caterpillars whereas ginkgos, a commonly planted landscape tree from Asia, host only 5 species of caterpillars. When it takes over 6,000 caterpillars to raise one brood of chickadees, that is a significant difference.” And, you can’t go wrong with their impressive variety of showy flowers and greenery.

 

Some of our favorites include:

American Beautyberry     

Butterfly Weed              

Venus Fly Trap


Here’s where you can find more information on native plants for our NC piedmont. Visit to purchase your very own!

North Carolina Botanical Garden (Chapel Hill) http://ncbg.unc.edu/

Plus a link to an extensive list of nurseries provided by the botanical garden http://ncbg.unc.edu/recommended-sources-of-native-plants/

Niche Gardens (Chapel Hill area) http://www.nichegardens.com/

Cover photo....Pollinator Paradise Garden (early summer) (Photo: Debbie Roos)

 

 

 


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