Landscaping Enhancements | Part 1: Choose Native

Grass turf is only the first step in making your commercial property and its grounds looking its best. Adding more color, fragrance, and texture by adding native plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers will make your property look more inviting. Here are a few suggestions why choosing landscaping native to Maryland is beneficial for your property.  (Information from University of Maryland Extension)

Blythewood Landscape Management LeafPreserve DMV’s Biodiversity – When you include a plant in your garden, you impact the natural areas near your property. Your garden plant cross-pollinates with wild plants, and may even disperse seeds or berries into natural areas. When the plant you have included is locally native, your garden actually benefits wild plant populations, and as we shall see in a moment, that benefits pollinators and songbirds, too.

This monarch caterpillar can only eat milkweed. No milkweeds, no monarchs.

Blythewood Landscape Management LeafSupport Pollinators – Research shows that using native plants is the best way to create a haven for pollinators like native bees and butterflies and even to attract beneficial insects that will help the rest of your garden.  Why? Over millennia, native insects and native plants have co-evolved and reached an intricate balance. Many insects can only eat the plants they co-evolved with.

Blythewood Landscape Management LeafSupport Song Birds – Native plants provide the abundance of seed, berries, and habitat required by our native bird species. Not only that, but by supporting robust native insect populations, native plants are indirectly responsible for providing the insect food that most baby song birds require.

Recommended Native Landscaping For MD, DC & VA

Native Groundcovers:  Pussytoes, golden groundsel

Ferns:  Sensitive Fern, Christmas Fern

Native Grasses, Sedges & Rushes:  Blue Sedge, Wool Grass, Little Bluestem, Yellow Iniangrass

Native Wildflowers:  Pussytoes, Eastern Columbine, butterfly weed, Joe Pye Wee, Turk’s Cap Lily, Cardinal Flower, Great Blue Loelia, Golden Groundsel, Black-Eyed Susan

Shrubs:  Rose Mallow, Hillside Blueberry

Trees:  Blackgum, White Oak