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Plant FAQ

As people become educated about overdevelopment and the negative effects of nutrient run-off, erosion and the decrease in populations of native species, they realize that native plants are the key to reversing the effects. Our local wildlife depends on natives for their survival, our streams rely on root systems for stabilization and our waterways need filtration to support the fish populations. Planting a diversity of native species is a great way to protect the environment while creating a beautiful landscape for humans to enjoy!

Plant breeders have developed native cultivars to enhance specific features of plants, such as dwarf size, larger berries or different colored leaves. Understanding the specific enhancements and impacts on wildlife is important in choosing the right cultivar for the right assignment. Landscape designers and landowners should consider the tradeoffs – while native cultivars (known as “nativars”) can make native plants more appealing, they also take away from the genetic diversity that the “wild” species has to offer. Both are better than planting intrusive invasive species!

Initially, all newly established plants require care. Once they’ve acclimated, natives tend to be more drought-resistant and more winter-hardy than many ornamental plants. They also tend to be less susceptible to diseases. After all, these plants have evolved to thrive right here in the Mid-Atlantic. Let nature do the hard work for you!

Yes! Native plants offer year-round appeal and can bring native wildlife closer to your door when they are integrated into a design in a sustainable way. This is where cultivar natives are key and offer a great opportunity to replace plants that have little to no wildlife value while also meeting aesthetic expectations.

Local ecotype sourcing and ecoregion recognition are weaving their way into designs and becoming controversial hot topics in our industry. While some clients may request a “PA Ecotype” or give a mile-based radius for sourcing, it’s important to know that Pennsylvania alone has over nine different ecoregions! An ecotype is so much more than man-made boundaries; your Pennsylvanian backyard might have more in common with areas in Georgia than a friend 30 minutes away. To learn more about your area ecotype, the EPA offers a great reference: EPA Level III Ecoregions. Here at ARRC, we try to source our plant materials locally or regionally whenever possible. As the native nursery industry continues to grow, we plan to prioritize sourcing more and more of our plants from local and regional seed.