Everyone likes diversity; it is, as they say, “the spice of life”. It’s why when you go to your local nursery, or to your local 'Big Box' store, that you will find azaleas native to Japan, chestnuts native to China, and linden trees that hail from Britain. People have always been attracted to the ‘new’, the ‘different’, the exotic; it is normal desire. So why seek out and plant species that are indigenous to the area in which you live?
It is because many of those species are no longer present as part of the landscape. They have been displaced by a large number of nonnative invasive plant species that were introduced and became more successful, or due to pests and/or diseases that have eradicated them (American Elm, American Chestnut, and White Ash), or because we, as the supreme agents of change have made it more difficult for them to exist. For so many reasons, it is important to reestablish those native plants. They are sources of food and nectar for higher animals and insects; they stabilize soils and colonize habitats; they balance ecosystems and provide natural beauty; they are vital components of the ‘circle of life’.
So, please help. Whether you plant river birch, a Virginia blue bell, Christmas ferns, cardinal flower, turkscap lilies, wood fern, New England asters, thoroughwort, fairy wands or redbuds, if it is a native plant species or variety it is bound to help in some way or another. And you will have the added benefit of enjoying both the plant and the pollinator or animal that it attracts or provides habitat for.
We try to carry a broad array of different plants for many soil conditions and habitats. So, if you are in the neighborhood, stop by for a visit.
Our address is 5200 West Heaps Road, Pylesville, MD 21132. (410) 836-0500