The Occoquan Tourism Company
This yard contains almost exclusively native plants from the mid-Atlantic region. As defined by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, native plants are those that occur in the region in which they evolved and thus possess certain traits that make them uniquely adapted to local conditions. These traits naturally make them particularly rugged and resistant to droughts, insects, and disease.
Our yard contains Northern Sea Oats, Mountain Mint, Shenandoah Switch Grass, Pink Turtlehead, Nodding Onion, Ironweed, and Lowbush Blueberry. The exception to the native plantings is the screen of holly bushes nearest the house. These are cultivars, which are plant varieties produced by selective breeding.
For more information on native plants, check out this site at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/nativeplants) and the site of the Virginia Native Plant Society (https://vnps.org/).
Our native plants are arranged in the layout below.