When it comes to planting native, you can choose from a wide selection of flowers, trees, and even shrubs! Native shrubs, like the ones listed below, come in all shapes and sizes, serving to keep our landscapes lush and our pollinator friends happy! We can’t stress the importance of planting native enough. When you plant native, local wildlife has a source of food and shelter, which preserves the biodiversity in your area.
Here are some examples of shrubs native to Maryland:
Winterberry holly is a great option for adding pops of color to your garden. With its bright red berries, this well-loved shrub is synonymous with the winter season. When Winterberry leaves fall, the berries are still leftover, which are a food source for song birds like robins and mockingbirds.
Adored for its fragrance and dense shape, northern bayberry works wonders as an accent shrub in native gardens. Be sure to plant this shrub in full sun and well-drained soil. While other shrubs might be more picky about soil, northern bayberry tolerates wet conditions.
There are many different species of viburnum shrubs, each offering their own unique look. This shrub produces berries, which are a favorite among birds but not among deer, making it a great deer-resistant option. Viburnums are considered a low-maintenance shrub, and so care consists of regular watering and full sun.
Mountain laurel are known for their glossy green leaves and striking blooms. There are many species of this shrub, whose blooms can be found in bright pinks, reds, and whites. As a fellow shade loving shrub, the mountain laurel prefers moist, acidic, and well-drained soil.
The Spicebush earned its name for producing a lovely spiced fragrance. Unlike some shrubs, the one prefers a nice shaded area. While the female spicebush produces red fruits, the male spicebush produces yellow flowers. When caring for this shrub, be sure to water regularly as it enjoys moist soil.
Here at Patuxent Nursery, all native shrubs are clearly marked with the Maryland state flag for your convenience. Come see our current selection!
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