Booklet providing information on native plants for coastal North Carolina landscapes.
(2013) North Carolina State University. This colorful landscaping guide provides information about using native plants in coastal landscapes and to encourage environmentally responsible landscap- ing practices on North Carolina’s barrier islands and beaches. The use of native plants is strongly encouraged for several reasons:
1) Native plants provide food and shelter for many animals, including birds, mammals, and insects. By planting native species, you not only add beauty to your garden or home—you also create vital habitats that sustain our native wildlife.
2) Native plants are uniquely adapted to local environmental conditions. As such, they often require less pesticide, fertilizer, water, and overall mainte- nance compared to exotic species.
3) Unlike some exotic species, native plants do not become invasive. Plant them, therefore, with a clean conscience!
4) Simply put: Many of our native plants are amazingly beautiful. Why not plant them?
This guide presents an array of excellent, native landscape plants. Collectively, the species within each category—trees, shrubs, herbs, graminoids, and vines— tolerate a wide range of growing condi- tions, and coastal residents should be able to find several species of each type that will thrive in their home environments.