Native Perennials

Native Perennials at Carolina Native Nursery

The Highly Anticipated Jewels of the Native Garden

Carolina Native Nursery is known for growing thousands of native perennials from seed on our large property in beautiful Burnsville, North Carolina.

We think native perennials should be in everyone’s garden. As far as we are concerned, these plants are truly the staples of an indigenous landscape. Instead of transporting them from roadsides or forest environments, as folks have been doing as long as there are shovels, please leave native plants where they grow. If you are a native perennial enthusiast we have the plants for you.

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Our vision is to be the go to resource for native perennials in the Southeast. We look forward to raising awareness, providing you with beautiful plants, and helping get these plants into gardens, landscapes, and back in nature everywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Easiest native Perennials to Add to My Garden?
Black-eyed Susans with their cheerful yellow petals and dark centers bring a burst of sunshine to any spot. Coneflowers, in hues of purple and pink, are not only stunning but a magnet for butterflies and bees. And let’s not forget about the hearty and vibrant bee balm, which is a real party starter for pollinators. These perennials are not just easy on the eyes; they adapt well, requiring minimal maintenance and provide maximum garden joy.
Do You Have Native Perennials for Sun and Shade?
Yes! We grow and sell both sun and shade perennials. In fact, our Bee Native plant Shop is divided into Sun and Shade sections for easier shopping and selecting! You can refer to the Plant Cheat Sheets on our Bee Native Plant Shop page for information on our perennials and ideas for where to plant each!
Should I fertilize and prune my native perennials every year?
Your native perennials are pretty self-sufficient. Fertilizing them annually isn’t a must-do since they’re naturally adapted to your local soil, but a sprinkle of a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring can give them a little boost. When it comes to pruning, it’s more about keeping things tidy and encouraging healthy growth. After blooming, cutting back the spent flowers can often promote a second bloom and prevent unwanted self-seeding. Come fall or early spring, a general cleanup of dead foliage can help prevent diseases and pests. A bit of care can keep your plants thriving, but there’s no need to overdo it!
What does seed grown mean?
We collect seed from natural stands of plants in the wild. Since they are all seed grown, there are a lot of genetic differences. This means there is variety in bloom color and shape, plant height and density, and other characteristics. Carolina Native grows more native azaleas from seed than any other nursery in the U.S.

Are You a Nursery Looking for Native Perennial Resources?

If you own a nursery that is looking for native perennials, give us a call or send us an email. For wholesale clients, we ship plants everywhere; from Atlanta to Maine, out to Lake Tahoe, even a box full to Shanghai for trials. Let us know what and where your needs are and we will try to help.