Use these three interactive plant selectors to help you figure out which plants will meet your needs in your location.
1) The Virginia Department of Natural Heritage, which operates under the Department of Conservation and Recreation, (DCR), has produced a Selector allowing many choices to focus your search. Start by choosing your region, then refine with light, moisture, whether you want a tree, shrub, vine, grass et cetera; if you want to attract butterflies, bees; prefer tall or short, and more. Be sure to scroll down the page to find the checklist. Clicking the image below will take you there.
2) The next Selector is presented by the Chesapeake Bay Alliance and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, covering the regions of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, which includes most of Virginia. Many of you know this collection in its paper form, also available as a PDF on their site. To add choice parameters to your search, you have to look under the orange box that says ‘Search,’ and there you will find the tab for options. Click image to go to their page.
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3) The Piedmont Natives Plant Database covers the Piedmont area, but remember that many plants that are native there may also be locally native to your area. To find out, you can check at the Digital Atlas of Virginia Flora. The folks at Piedmont Natives, which is brought to you by Albermarle County, have given you a super-wide choice list. You can search for plants by numerous features, even by color.