Native Plants Are Key to the Ecosystem

Native plants are an essential part of the environment, having co-evolved to support insects, birds and other wildlife that form the web of our natural world.

Summer at the Arlington Central Library, home of one of ARMN’s three native plant demonstration gardens /Todd Minners photo

You can turn your own yard into a wildlife oasis by filling it with a variety of native plants, as urged by influential entomologist and author Douglas Tallamy.

Get inspired by visiting one of three ARMN-maintained native plant demonstration gardens, at: Potomac Overlook Regional Park in north Arlington, the Arlington Central Library in central Arlington, and Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center in Alexandria.

Many native bees depend on specific plants to survive. Learn why and which plants native bees find particularly appealing.

Are you unsure how to incorporate native plants in your landscape in attractive design and care for them once they’re there? See Cues to Designing and Caring for Native Plant Gardens for tips and do-it-yourself resources.

More Information on Locally Native Plants

The Plant NOVA Natives website provides compelling reasons to plant natives, a guide to key local ecotypes, and locations where you can buy native plants, including plant sales.