OCEAN — Turn your yard into a habitat for birds, butterflies and other critters by planting low-maintenance, coastal native plants available now during the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s seasonal plant sale.
Being held at the nonprofit organization’s headquarters located between Swansboro and Morehead City, plants start at $3 and include varieties such as the highbush blueberry, eastern purple coneflower and American beautyberry, plus there is an assortment of flowers, shrubs and grasses.
Swing by the federation office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to purchase the plants, which come with information for best growing practices and healthy growth tips. Staff also will be available to answer questions and plants.
The federation’s seasonal plant sale is held to encourage the use of native plants, which are typically low-maintenance because they are hardy and drought resistant or wetland tolerant.
When used in rain gardens, native plants help reduce the amount of stormwater runoff flowing into coastal waterways, according to the organization. Rain gardens are small, shallow, vegetated areas situated lower than the surrounding area. They function like bowls that collect stormwater runoff that will be soaked up by the plants and soil rather than running into waterways.
The federation also has rain barrels available for purchase that help reduce stormwater runoff. The water collected by the rain barrels can be used to water gardens and plants.
Questions? Call the federation at 252-393-8185.