Native Plant Gardening

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Updated: January 10, 2022

Recommended Native Plants for Maryland

Find native plant recommended for Maryland gardens and landscapes.
monarda fistulosa plants in bloom with lavender flowers
Updated: June 23, 2021

Why Include Native Plants in Your Garden?

5 good reasons to include native plants in your yard and garden.
pink flowers of hairy beardtongue
Updated: November 30, 2021

Why Oak Trees are Declining or Dying

Oak trees are declining for a variety of reasons.
oak decline symptoms
Updated: November 8, 2021

How to Make a Meadow

Basic guidelines for making a native meadow in a residential landscape.
native meadow
Updated: September 28, 2021

Recommended Species for Meadow Creation in Maryland's Coastal Plain

Planting a native meadow is a challenging endeavor under the best circumstances. For Marylanders, the task is stymied by a lack of commercially available seed, and complicated by an abundance of misinformation about species selection. This fact sheet provides information on selecting species and obtaining seeds for planting a native meadow in Maryland's Coastal Plain ecoregions. The species recommended are based on those typically observed thriving in man-made meadows throughout the area. It is our hope that the species list will help landscape professionals and native seed producers in their efforts to meet the growing demand for meadow installation projects in Maryland.
Updated: August 10, 2021

Ornamental and Native Grasses for the Landscape

Find native and ornamental grasses for your yard and garden.
native grasses and other native plants in an urban garden setting
Updated: July 12, 2021

Orange Aphids on Milkweed

Oleander aphids, (Aphis nerii) are little orange insects that commonly infest milkweed plants.
orange oleander aphids on swamp milkweed
Updated: May 26, 2021

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a Maryland native plant with orange flowers. It is one of the best nectar plants for a wide variety of pollinators.
butterfly milkweed in a garden
Updated: May 18, 2021

Blackgum, Sourgum, or Tupelo Tree

Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica) is a Maryland native tree commonly found in forests of wet to average moisture.
blackgum tree with red foliage color
Updated: May 18, 2021

White Oak

White oak (Quercus alba), Maryland's state tree, is highly valuable to a variety of native wildlife.
white oak tree leaves