Native Plants For Virginia Beach

Any Virginia Beach gardener worth the saltwater in the Chesapeake Bay knows plants native to the area are great additions to your yard. They’re low maintenance and beautiful, but they add a burst of color without guzzling a lot of water. Here are five of the favorite native plants for Virginia Beach.

Eastern Red Columbine

If you’re looking for a native plant that takes your garden up a notch, the fiery red Eastern red columbine (pictured above) is your flower. This plant likes some sun and tolerates some shade, making it a natural choice for many Virginia Beach gardeners. Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies love this flower. In fact, the Columbine duskywing butterfly likes to lay its eggs there. A word of warning: The nectar can sometimes attract some of the worst garden pests in Virginia Beach. This columbine propagates itself with seeds, so it’s a low-maintenance flower you’ll see return year after year.

Virginia Spring Beauty

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You can’t miss the showy flowers of the Virginia spring beauty. But you might be surprised to learn this flower is edible, too. It was a favorite of Native Americans and early colonists. The Virginia spring beauty blooms in shades of pink and white, and puts on a show in the spring. This is a perennial plant, making it a low-maintenance part of your Virginia Beach yard. It grows anywhere from 4-8 inches tall and is eye-catching in large patches.

Seashore Mallow

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With a name like seashore mallow, this native flower is a natural for  Virginia Beach. The flower’s about 2 inches across and blooms through the summer and into the fall. It likes brackish marshes and swamps over dry soil and can grow 3-6 feet tall. This beauty is one to consider if you want to bring hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard. It’s an important part of the Hampton Roads ecosystem, and planting it is one way to get your yard in sync with the environment.

Garden Phlox

This is the perfect native plant for that unrelentingly sunny part of your yard. The garden phlox needs lots of sun, or else it’s vulnerable to powdery mildew. This plant will produce pink, lavender, or white blossoms all summer long. It stands 3-6 feet high, so this native plant could be one of the stars of your garden.

Wild Strawberry

The wild strawberry is a charming addition to your native garden. This groundcover produces small white flowers with yellow centers in the spring, which then grow into small, wild — and edible — fruit. The wild strawberry likes Virginia forestland and thrives in pastures and meadows as well. It also attracts bees and butterflies and is one of the host plants preferred by the native gray hairstreak butterfly.

All five of these native plants will thrive in your Virginia Beach yard — and there are many other native plants to choose from as well. Nurseries that focus on native plants should carry these plants and/or seeds, or know where you can get them. And even better, the native plants for Virginia Beach will attract native insects and wildlife to your garden as well.

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Written by Jay Keaton

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