Native vegetation are plant species that occur naturally in a habitat.
They provide essential environment for native insects and animals.
Native species are naturally resilient since they are adapted to local conditions.
Increasing the amount of native vegetation in your yard can accomplish many goals: protecting water quality and quantity, increasing rainwater infiltration, enhancing wildlife habitat, stabilizing soil, and improving aesthetics and quality of life.
Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program has supported a variety of Native Plant campaigns throughout the Virginia Coastal Zone. These resources offer homeowners a selection of native plants specific to various regions.
Other resources available to homeowners to learn about native plants include Virginia Cooperative Extension offices in the region (Gloucester Extension Office, Middlesex Extension Office and Mathews Extension Office).