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Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year

We're a proud partner of Audubon North Carolina's Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year program to bring back North Carolina's native plants to benefit birds and our environment.

Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year is all about LOCAL! Local plants, local businesses and local gardens. By supporting local nurseries in North Carolina, you are helping to lay down roots to grow more native plants.

Why Native Plants?

Native plants benefit our environment, our birds and our local economy.

We see it pretty simply; native plants are a winning choice for gardeners because they are:

Bird Friendly Native Plants of the Year
  • Easy: Native plants are easy to grow in North Carolina's climate. This means less maintenance and, once established, less plant care.
  • Perform:Since these plants are made for North Carolina, after the first year these selections often grow with little coddling. Plant it and forget it.
  • Earth-Friendly: Native Plants are made to endure North Carolina's pests, heat, cold, natural rainfall and other plant maladies. Fewer pesticides and herbicides mean a healthier, happier planet.
  • Beautiful: Native plants are gorgeous. If you haven't seen a beautyberry with fruit or a Coral honeysuckle in bloom, we suggest you take a moment and do an image search. These native plants are great additions to your garden over time. We're not recommending a total plant makeover, but just adding a few of these species to your backyard can make a world of difference for birds.
  • Food for Birds: You will be helping birds raise their chicks, and who isn't happy about that? Birds need native plants to feed their chicks and to stay fed all winter. In the spring, birds pick off caterpillars to feed their babies. In the fall, the seeds and fruits from native plants are excellent sources of energy for the winter.
  • Available: We're actively working with Audubon North Carolina to offer a select list of native plants. Find out what made this year's "Native Bird-Friendly Plants of the Year" at

Native Bird-Friendly Plants of the Year are a hand-selected list of plants to add to your garden this year. The list is short so that you can easily add new plants to your native collection year after year. If you "collect as you grow" you can add plants to your plans today while North Carolina's growers can prepare for future years.

2016 Native Bird-Friendly Plants of the Year

  • Trailing Phlox
    Phlox nivalis
  • Lobed Tickseed
    Coreopsis auriculata
  • Little Bluestem
    Schizachyrium scoparium
  • Smooth Blue Aster
    Symphyotrichum leave
  • Wild Bergamot
    Monarda fistulosa
  • Cardinal Flower
    Lobelia cardinalis
  • Black-eyed Susans
    Rudbeckia fulgida var fulgida
  • American Beautyberry
    Callicarpa americana
  • Fringe Tree
    Chionanthus virginicus
  • Ninebark
    Physocarpus opulifolius
  • Sweetbay Magnolia
    Magnolia virginiana
  • Wild Plum
    Prunus Americana
  • River Birch
    Betula nigra

To learn more about this program visit Audubon North Carolina's Local Plants page

For more information on North Carolina landscaping and gardens, call Edgefield Plant & Stone Center at 336-662-0081 or contact us.

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