3 Native Maryland Plants That Will Beautify Your Yard

These Native Plants To Maryland Can Thrive In Your Yard

You can use these 3 native Maryland plants to create an amazing yard. Your friends will be asking you how they can do it for their yard too. They include wild anemone, yellow ladies slipper orchid, and Carolina lupine.

You can see what these plants look like further down. There’s also a list of more plants native to Maryland at the bottom of this post.

It’s Time To Go Local

“You know, we haven’t planted any native Maryland plants in our yard in a long time.”

Front yard with plants

Joe looks over as Kathleen breaks their comfortable silence. They’re taking in their front yard as they sit on the porch with their morning coffee.

“True, we haven’t. Do you think we should now?” Kathleen answers with a nod and takes a sip of her coffee. Joe swirls his coffee around, saying “Well let’s find some plants native to Maryland that we like, get them, and plant them.”

They could also hire a professional landscaper to do their plantings for them.

Looks like they have their Saturday plans. The couple pulls out their phones to find plants they like. By the time they finish their coffee they have a list put together.

Here are the 3 Maryland native plants they are planning on putting in their yard.

1. Wild Anemone

“Too bad Nemo nor any other fish live in this native Maryland plant,” Joe jokes.

These beautiful white flowers simply scream spring. You can use them to create a carpet of green and white groundcover in 1 growing season. It’s an early spring perennial so it blooms early year after year:

They grow best in shade to part sun (which there is plenty of in this couple’s yard) and well-drained soil.

Kathleen loves the look of these native Maryland plants. They’ll look lovely between their shrubs and along their walkways.

Now, let’s see what Joe found.

2. Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchid

“An orchid? I love the way you think, Joe” Kathleen says excitedly.

The flowers on this plant look like, well, like yellow slippers. It’s like no flower bloom you (or any of your neighbors) have ever seen before:

Yellow Ladys Slipper orchid are a great plant native to Maryland

It likes partially shady areas with moist, acidic soil. They’ll grow to be about 16 inches tall so they’ll be hard to miss.

“They really do look like slippers, I almost can’t believe it,” Kathleen says in amazement. “Me either,” Joe replies.

Here’s the 3rd of the native Maryland plants the couple has found for their front yard.

3. Carolina Lupine

“Reminds me of home,” Joe says nostalgically.

This bright yellow flowering plant offers vibrant pea-like flowers and fuzzy foliage. It’s a perennial so it’ll keep coming back year after year:

They grow fairly tall, anywhere from 3-5 feet (though mostly 3-4 feet). It blooms during the early summertime and loves being in full sunshine.

The couple looks out over the front yard again, imagining how it’ll look when they put in their new native Maryland plants.

Let’s Get Going

Saturday rolls around and the couple goes out to pick their plants. They already have a design for them so they get home and start working right away. In the end, their front yard looks beautiful, almost as good as these professionally done plantings.

More Native Maryland Plants

Fern:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula – hay-scented fern

Grasses or Grasslike Plants:
Andropogon virginicus – broomsedge
Elymus canadensis – Canada wild rye
Elymus hystrix – bottlebrush grass
Panicum amarum – coastal panic grass
Schizachyrium scoparium – little bluestem
Sorghastrum nutans – Indiangrass

Herbaceous Plants and Groundcovers:
Asclepias syriaca – common milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa – butterflyweed
Aster laevis – smooth blue aster
Aster novae-angliae – New England aster
Aster pilosus – white heath aster
Baptisia tinctoria – wild indigo
Chrysopsis mariana – Maryland golden aster
Coreopsis tinctoria – tickseed sunflower
Coreopsis verticillata – threadleaf coreopsis
Desmodium paniculatum – panicled tick-trefoil
Eupatorium fistulosum – Joe-Pye weed
Heliopsis helianthoides – ox-eye sunflower
Liatris graminifolia – grass-leaf blazingstar
Monarda fistulosa – wild bergamot
Monarda punctata – horsemint
Rudbeckia hirta – black-eyed Susan
Saxifraga virginiensis – early saxifrage
Silene stellata – starry campion
Sisyrinchium graminoides – blue-eyed grass
Solidago caesia – blue-stem goldenrod
Solidago nemoralis – gray goldenrod
Solidago rigida – rigid goldenrod
Solidago speciosa – showy goldenrod
Viola pedata – bird’s foot violet

Shorter Shrubs:
Hypericum densiflorum – dense St. John’s wort
Rosa carolina – pasture rose
Rubus allegheniensis – Allegheny blackberry
Viburnum acerifolium – maple-leaved arrowwood
Shrubs (medium):
Aronia arbutifolia – red chokeberry
Hamamelis virginiana – witch hazel
Rhus aromatica – fragrant sumac
Rhus glabra – smooth sumac
Vaccinium corymbosum – highbush blueberry
Viburnum dentatum – southern arrowwood

Taller Shrubs:
Ilex decidua – possom haw
Kalmia latifolia – mountain laurel (evergreen)
Rhus copallina – shining sumac
Rhus typhina – staghorn sumac

Small/Medium Trees:
Chionanthus virginicus – white fringetree
Crataegus crus-galli – cockspur hawthorn
Juniperus virginiana – eastern redcedar (evergreen)
Prunus americana – American wild plum

Tall Trees:
Carya glabra – pignut hickory
Diospyros virginiana – common persimmon
Nyssa sylvatica – black gum, sourgum
Pinus echinata – shortleaf pine (evergreen)
Pinus rigida – pitch pine (evergreen)
Pinus strobus – white pine (evergreen)
Pinus virginiana – Virginia pine (evergreen)
Quercus prinus (montana) – chestnut oak
Quercus rubra – northern red oak
Quercus velutina – black oak
Robinia pseudoacacia – black locust

Vines:
Campsis radicans – trumpet creeper
Clematis virginiana – virgin’s bower
Lonicera sempervirens – coral honeysuckle

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