Native plants literally evolved to live in our region, grow in our soil, and thrive in our local climate. Native species can handle our harsh winters, love our sandy soil, and soak up our hot and humid summer days. Their water needs are almost entirely taken care of by the natural rainfall we receive.
There is minimal upkeep when it comes to native plants. Once they are established in their first year and survive their first winter, you can count on a long-lived perennial that will return year after year. If you do love to tinker in the garden, there are still many pruning and thinning techniques that can be done to help prevent mildew, encourage more blooms, or just keep the plant looking trim and healthy.