Native Plants for Your Home Landscape

Ready to get started with your native landscaping at home?

Native Garden tips

  • Always purchase native plants from a reputable nursery

  • Never collect plants from the wild, which harms local plant communities

  • Do research to place plants in the right conditions (light, moisture, soil type)

  • Shop by scientific names rather than common names help ensure you’re getting the right plant. Scientific names are usually underlined or italicized. Example: Red Maple – Acer rubrum (Acer = genus, rubrum = species)

Why it’s Important to use Native Plants?

  • Adapted for Local Climate and Conditions

  • Pollen and Nectar for Pollinators - Host plants for the caterpillars of pollinators

  • Wildlife Food – Native plants host many more caterpillars compared to non-native plants; Fruit and nuts provide food for many species of wildlife

  • Low Maintenance - native plants are adapted to the local climate

  • Maintains Natural Diversity - is critical for healthy, well-functioning natural systems

Featured Posts
Recent Posts

The mission of ClearWater Conservancy is to conserve and restore our natural resources through land conservation, water resources stewardship, and environmental outreach across central Pennsylvania.


T: 814-237-0400


2555 N. Atherton Street

State College, PA 16803


ClearWater Conservancy is a nonprofit organization. All material on this website is © ClearWater Conservancy.

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon