Homestead Gardens is a hub for Maryland native pollinator plants!

Homestead Gardens is the place to be if you’re looking for the most beautiful Native Pollinator Plants in Maryland. From the vibrant butterfly bush to native wildflowers, Homestead Gardens has a vast selection of plants that attract pollinators and create stunning backdrops into any setting. Whether you’re a green thumb looking for new additions or just want to brighten up your backyard, Homestead Gardens can provide exactly what you need to make your space look and feel like a real oasis. Whether used as colorful borders along landscaping or planted together to create stunning floral arrangements, Homestead Gardens’ selection of native pollinator plants will add life and brighten any space.

Pollinator Perennials

Homestead Gardens is the perfect place for Maryland natives to find colorful pollinator perennials to liven up their yard. Nothing can add vibrant bursts of life like native perennial plants that attract local pollinators, including butterflies and bees.


Pollinator Shrubs & Trees

Our lush selection of Maryland native pollinator trees and shrubs! Planting native species of plants helps sustain the local ecosystems by providing food for wildlife, plus beauty for homeowners.


Marylanders Plant Trees Program

The Marylanders Plant Trees Program provides residents with a simple way to contribute to the environment. It allows them to purchase native trees at an affordable price and plant them in their yards or local parks, providing much-needed habitat for birds, mammals, and insects.


 With more than 90 varieties of MD native in blooms, bushes, grasses and trees, Homestead Gardens makes it easy to preserve our diverse ecosystem. 

Native plants are in the news these days, and we’re being encouraged by environmental groups to include them in our garden.  Why?  Of all the reasons given, the best case for growing native plants is made by University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy in his popular book Bringing Nature Home, recently released in paperback. He states that with overdevelopment has come loss of habitat and the need for suburban and even urban gardeners to help preserve wildlife by choosing plants that feed and house our beloved critters.  Fortunately for us nature-loving gardeners, it isn’t only native plants that help wildlife – Tallamy explains that about half of all insects are generalists and can feed on either native or nonnative plants.

 

The tricky part is to figure out which native plants do well in the garden – because not all of them do.   Often it’s because our gardens are so different from the plant’s historic conditions, perhaps sunnier or lacking any native soil (thanks to developers who remove and sell topsoil before construction).  Native plants sometimes fail because the animal population has changed over the years – with the introduction of new insects (like the wooly adelgid killing our native hemlocks) or the overpopulation of deer.  And some native plants simply don’t tolerate being moved, not to mention the rough-and-tumble existence of the nursery business.  Others don’t have the aesthetic qualities that most homeowners look for in a landscape plant.

 

As native plants to Maryland play a huge role in our ecosystem and the survival of the Chesapeake Bay, Homestead Gardens has dedicated this busy time to showcase the plants which are in harmony with supporting the ecological health of our area. See the Benefits list below.

 

Benefits of Planting Native Species

  • Native plants have evolved over thousands of years to exist among an area’s particular climate, soils and precipitation amounts.  They have also evolved to deal with indigenous insects, fungi and diseases.
  • What this means to the landowner is that native plants require less care to maintain and they require less watering.
  • They are aesthetically and biologically in harmony with the natural landscape.
  • Non-native ornamental plants often require fertilizers, pesticides and regular watering.
  • In addition, non-native plants such as hybrids may not produce fruit or seed, which precludes wildlife from using them as a food source.
  • Native plants are the fundamental component in the landscape that provides wildlife habitat to the Cape’s native wildlife species.
  • Animals have co-evolved with these native plants for their breeding, food and shelter requirements.  Planting with native plants helps to protect wildlife habitat in your area.