Plant NOVA Natives
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy partners with Plant NOVA Natives to promote the use of native plants. Plant NOVA Natives (PNN) is the joint marketing campaign of a coalition of non-profit, governmental, and private groups, plus hundreds of individuals, all working to reverse the decline of native plants and wildlife in Northern Virginia. Our strategy is to encourage residents as well as public and commercial entities to install native plants as the first step toward creating wildlife habitat and functioning ecosystems on their own properties.
Learning about the trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, ferns and grasses native to our Northern Virginia region is a journey worth all the time you can give to it. They are wonderful for their beautiful colors and forms, but when you see how much more life they bring to your property you will be hooked. A good introduction to our local natives is the Native Plants for Northern Virginia guide published by PNN. With colorful photos and information on growing conditions, the guide will help you choose native plants for your landscape that are attractive, easy to maintain and benefit wildlife. If you want to delve a bit deeper into creating habitat using native plants, then Planting for Wildlife in Northern Virginia is the book for you. This paperback guide is filled with tables of information about native flowers, trees, shrubs, bog and water plants, and more. You can purchase both guides from Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Wild Shop, at one of our native plant sales, or from our online store.
The Plant NOVA Natives website has a wealth of information on plants native to Northern Virginia, including creating habitat for butterflies, songbirds and other wildlife. You’ll also find landscaping solutions for erosion control and deer, garden design tips, where to get native plants and much more on the website.
Together, the Plant NOVA Natives campaign, the Audubon at Home program and our native plant sales provide resources and assistance for creating wildlife habitat by landscaping with natives.
Report Native Tree and Shrub Plantings
In 2021 the PNN campaign began a new, focused drive, Plant NOVA Trees, to encourage everyone in Northern Virginia to plant native trees and shrubs. When it comes to helping the environment, planting a native tree gives you the most bang for your buck.
The Virginia Department of Forestry is counting planted trees to see if Virginia is meeting its stormwater goals to protect the Chesapeake Bay, and the Department of Environmental Quality is asking Northern Virginia to plant 600,000 trees by 2025. Report your tree and shrub plantings.
Short Articles to Read and Share About Native Plants
Help spread the word about the value of native plants. Share these articles from PNN with friends through social media, community bulletins and newsletters. You are welcome to copy and adapt these articles for your own use. No crediting is required.
Native Grasses for Our Yards
Spruce up your Foundation Plantings
Bringing Dragonflies to Your Yard
Befriending the Butterflies all Winter
A New Take on “Curb Appeal”
Making Friends with the Hummingbirds
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