Native Southeastern Plants for Your Garden
At the North Carolina Botanical Garden, we recognize the horticultural and landscape value of native plants of the Southeast. Adapted to the soils and climate of our region, these plants have a much greater likelihood of thriving in the garden. Their pollinators are more likely to be present then those of exotic (non-native) plants, and thus, attractive and utilitarian fruits, berries, and seeds are made available to local wildlife species. Furthermore, these plants may be more resistant to common diseases and predators, and require fewer pesticides and expensive management practices.
You may want to review the article titled "Going Native,"[PDF] written by the late Rob Gardner, curator at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Please note that this is a large PDF file and may take a while to open. (This article was originally published in the April 2000 issue of the magazine Wildlife in North Carolina.) You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this article.
The lists accessible through the two links below are by no means exhaustive, but we hope you will find them useful as you develop gardens and landscapes around your home or business. Please note that (1) we also offer a list of Recommended Plant Sources, and (2) curators are on-call here at the Garden every weekday from noon to 1 pm to answer your questions, either in person or on the telephone (919-962-0522).
- Native Trees & Shrubs for Your Garden [PDF]
- Native Wildflowers, Ferns, Grasses for Your Garden [PDF]
Questions about gardening?
Visit our Green Gardener Clinic! A garden curator, trained volunteer, or Orange County Master Gardener is available every weekday from noon to 2 pm at the Green Gardener Desk in the Education Center (central building). You may also call (919-962-0522) at that time with your gardening/plant questions.
Last updated by Laura Cotterman on March 06, 2013 at 11:26:58 am.