Goin’ Native

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Witch Hazel in the Winter at Boar's Head

Pictured is Hamamelis virginiana / common witchhazel (in bloom)

Incorporating these highly adaptable plants into any landscape

Native plants are typically thought of as plants that occupied a specific region or habitat type, before European settlement.  They have adapted to the region over time and are more likely to form self-sustaining communities than their non-native counterparts.  In many instances, they are ever bit as attractive as traditional ornamental plants and they are relied upon for food and habitat by indigenous animals, birds, and insects.

There are a number of Landscape Architects in central Virginia whose designs incorporate natural ecotypes into the formal landscape.  Native shrubs and warm season grasses, once relegated to restoration projects, now adorn the foundations of homes and form the backbone of formal ornamental landscapes.

We have had the good fortune of working on several such projects in recent years and have learned a great deal in the process.  We have developed solid relationships with a number of native plant growers throughout the eastern United States, and feel confident in our ability to provide the best selection and highest quality native plants available.

Interest in native plants and green techniques have increased and their popularity is sure to continue.  Homeowners, gardeners, and naturalists alike have discovered their virtue and many municipalities and organizations encourage their use.  At JW Townsend Landscapes, we look forward to continue planting native plants for many years to come.


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