Native plants are plants that are natural to a region, and therefore may be better suited for the soils and seasons. They may also provide the best habitat for birds, bees and butterflies natural to their area. However, selecting a plant native to your region will not automatically lower your maintenance chores. Remember that many factors determine the suitability of a plant for a particular location. Look for native plants that are suited to the growing conditions in your yard. Consult your soil test results, and consider light, moisture, and other site conditions that may impact the plant’s growth.
Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
Lady Fern (Athyrium filix femina)
American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)
Swamp Azalea (Rhododendron arborescens)
Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea)
Sweetgrass (Muhlenbergia filipes) Image via Kim Counts
South Carolina is fortunate to have an abundance of water resources in the form of rivers, lakes, ponds, and estuaries. By maintaining a buffer zone of native vegetation along your shoreline, you can prevent shoreline erosion, protect water quality, and attract native aquatic wildlife.
Consider preserving or emphasizing other unique aspects of your yard, such as any historical or cultural elements.