Proper placement of plants can reduce heating and cooling costs by providing shade or wind barriers.
If your goal is to provide for wildlife, select plants with berries, fruit, and nectar as well as plants that provide areas for shelter and raising young.
Native plants are an environmentally sound choice for many reasons, including ease of care and providing food sources for native wildlife. Since the goal of eco-friendly gardening is to help preserve the beauty of the local environment, we encourage the use of some native plants in your landscape. However, as with any plant, the proper location is important for its survival. Just because a plant is native to the area does not mean it will thrive if placed in the wrong location in your yard.
For more information about plants for the Metro DC area:
- Maryland Native Plant Society
- Virginia Native Plant Society
- Plants of the Chesapeake Bay
- Firewise Landscaping Plants for Maryland(pdf)
- Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration and Landscaping (VA)
- Maryland Tree Benefit Calculator (really neat tool!)
- Invasive plant species
- Have trees planted on you propety for $50 a tree (DC)