If you are replanting in your yard, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has some great native plants that are available for purchase at headquarters office in Ocean. 

Stop by any time between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to purchase coastal native plants that will brighten up homes and yards while also providing habitat for birds, butterflies and other animals.

Available plants include American beautyberry, Atlantic white cedar, fringe tree, southern blue flag Iris, eastern red cedar. elderberry, bald cypress and highbush blueberry. Staff will also be on site to answer any questions about soil type and exposure. 

Limited pre-hurricane stock is also available at clearance prices.

When these plants are used in rain gardens, they help reduce the amount of stormwater runoff flowing into coastal waterways. 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 off into waterways.

The federation also has rain barrels for purchase, which also help reduce stormwater runoff.

For more information on the federation’s work to reduce stormwater runoff, check out the federation’s Smart Yards publication and/or visit nccoast.org/stormwater.

Stop in and get yours today!

The office address is 3609 N.C. 24, Newport, North Carolina, between Morehead City and Swansboro. Please call 252-393-8185 with any questions.