Interest in gardening with native plants is increasing in the southeast for many reasons, but chief among these is a desire to provide food and shelter for native wildlife such as song birds, beneficial insects, pollinators, and hummingbirds. Research has shown that native animals survive and reproduce more successfully on native plants than on introduced species. Unfortunately we are losing large areas of native vegetation to development, especially in coastal areas. By including native plants in your yard, you can replace some of what is being lost so future generations can enjoy the diversity of plants and animals that enrich our area.
Swamp mallow is one of many tough native plants that can bring beauty to your yard and support local wildlife. This flood tolerant perennial is a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds. For more suggestions of native plants that you can grow, read the rest of the article on the Pender Extension website: http://pender.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=news&ci=LAWN+185
To help you learn more about landscaping for wildlife with native plants, specialists with NC State University’s Wildlife Extension Program have created the website ‘Going Native: Urban landscaping for wildlife with native plants’, http://www.ncsu.edu/goingnative/ .