Why is using native plants important?
It all comes down to this: every little bit helps. If you can add native plantings or convert plantings on a balcony, a small bed in your townhouse garden or an acre of grass to a native plant palette, you will actively make a difference in our Chesapeake landscape. You will provide high quality seeds and nectar that local birds and pollinators need. For an excellent and more detailed, yet short, answer, please read this post from Gardenista!
…lists places you can buy native plants.
…offers alternatives to popular non-native plants. For most of your favorite non-native plants, there will be a native plant you can use.
…gives you oodles of information about gardening with native plants. All of this will lead you to a unique garden landscape that, no matter the size, creates more habitat to support the Chesapeake Bay watershed.