Nuts for Natives strives to make planting native plants simple … these are some of the best resources around to make gardening easier in our Chesapeake Bay watershed gardens!
Do you want to find your gardening zone?
The American Horticultural Society has oodles of good information including this map where you can determine which gardening zone you are in by zip code.
Do you want to find natives for your zip code?
Well, we try to keep it simple but, alas, it’s true. Not all native plants are equal. This plant finder by the National Wildlife Federation shows you native plants in your zip code that provide the highest habitat value.
Do you want to find a native plant for specific light, rainfall or bloomtime conditions?
The Lady Johnson Wildflower Center provides an excellent plant finder – you can search native perennials for your area by light conditions, water needs and bloom times.
Do you want to see native plants blooming now in the Mid-Atlantic?
Check out what is blooming now from Adkins Arboretum. Adkins Arboretum is a local leader in promoting native plants and their resource page provides lots of helpful information for homeowners, and native design advice, particularly if you live on or near Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Do you want a great book about gardening in the Chesapeake Watershed?
Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping “The Essential Green Guide” by Barbara Ellis is THE book to read if you want more detailed information about how to get started, native plants, and garden design. Her plant lists are phenomenal and this is a treasure trove of valuable and pragmatic advice!
Do you want expert gardening advice, inspiration or photo tours of a spectacular garden?
Margaret Roach provides inspiration, expert gardening advice, ecology for the lay person and so much more on A Way to Garden, recommended by the New York Times as the best gardening website. And don’t forget to check out Margaret’s inspiring slideshows and informative podcasts. And there is more. Margaret’s latest book “A Way to Garden” has just been released.
Do you want to see an incredible range of native plants in formal and informal settings?
The Mt. Cuba Center is a treasure trove of native plant information. The website has a virtual tour of native plants that’s worth it! If you are able to make the drive (two hours north of Washington DC), you can view native plants in all their glory — in natural woodland settings, in more formal settings and in between… inspiration for all! There is also a list of native plant sources for Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania.
Do you have questions about how a lawn fits into native planting schemes?
Lawns are a focus of many gardens. At the “Perfect Earth Project,” all of your questions about greening your lawn are answered. Follow landscape designer Edwina Van Gahl’s excellent advice for “making your lawn an area rug, not wall to wall carpet!”
Do you want to see how someone else went from an ornamental garden to a native garden?
This step by step account from the Virginia Native Plant Society shows how two homeowners transitioned from a traditional to a native landscape. This is one way to get started … of course, there are others.
Do you want an easy to understand explanation of the science behind why native plants are the best choice for your Chesapeake garden?
The Living Landscape is a gorgeously photographed book by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy who clearly explain why native plants work best for our gardens and offers a simple strategy for layering in native plants to your garden. It’s a great read for the Chesapeake gardener.