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It is simple to provide lists of plantings that are Native and/or Native Selections, but at Cavano’s we are positioned as both a grower of superior plant material and a company that is fully informed in the following categories:

Low Impact Design: Landscaping techniques used to conserve natural water assets, lower maintenance cost, provide pollution prevention and create bio-habitat.

Xeriscape: A planting designed to function with little water and poor soil types.

Rain Gardens: A landscape which uses natural biological principles to return water back to the soil or assist in cleaning water of excess nutrients. A principle of storm water management.

Bio-Retention: A system of landscaping principles designed to protect and preserve soil and control water.

Pollinator Garden: A garden planted to encourage pollinator species. Primarily insects such as butterflies, moths and bees.

Permaculture: Garden design and farming principles of creating high functioning landscape and taking all available scientific research into account. Permaculture and its plant selection process analyzes the full impact of a site on humans, the environment, ecology, soil integrity, food production and bio-habitat.

Green Design: Products and techniques which contribute to a green effect. Landscape impact on L.E.E.D. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designs for buildings.

Bio-Habitat Gardens: Gardens designed to attract wildlife. To create a habitat which supports insects, birds and mammals using species of plants which have high impact as a food source or host.


Muhlenbergia capillaris is on the endangered plants list in the mid-Atlantic and an extraordinary planting choice for both Bio-retentive gardens and Xeriscapes. Not only are the flower heads highly ornamental but its deep rooting makes for a tough drought tolerant planting.

Asclepias tuberosa is extraordinary in a pollinator garden and host to an array of butterflies and beneficial insects.

Depth of Product Line Makes Cavano’s a Key Supplier

Cavano’s offers Over 200 Natives and Native Selections:

The mid-Atlantic has vast choices of flora native to the region giving Cavano’s a large selection when considering what to grow for our customers. This coupled with excellent horticultural research facilities and institutions in the region, allow for a fluent understanding of the unique habit, character or endangerment of a given plant or hosted species of wildlife.

Resources Committed to the Analysis of Low Impact allows Cavano’s to provide Planned “Best Practice” Plantings.

Yes! We can provide lists of what we grow… but at Cavano’s, we are much more than that!


Expertise and Research Position Cavano’s as Lead Resource to Purchase/Install Sector

Certification, Experience and Education:

At Cavano’s we have a great team whose experience comes from many facets within the industry. There are the certified, the former retailers, those educated in the biological sciences and those with exemplary experience in a growing environment. Even with this, the subject of Low Impact Design directs our commitment to researching the newest developments, on a daily basis.

Ties to Regional Research Institutions Develop Favorite Plant Selections:

From developed networking and research we would like to provide you with a focus on three outstanding perennials.

Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot) is an overlooked landscape gem. A true native species with all the strong characteristics many natives exhibit; drought tolerance, disease resistance, and a wide range of habitat. This Monarda has exceptional and positive environmental impact. Numerous beneficial insects and several species of butterflies and moths use this plant as a host. It attracts hummingbirds with its beautiful nectar rich blooms of pink to lavender. It’s fragrant foliage adds a spicy scent to the air in the garden.

Scirpus validus (Bulrush) is listed by many permaculture advocates as being essential to water filtration and purification. This process is crucial to water restoration in the Chesapeake region and other national waterways. If environmental driven design weren’t enough, Scirpus’ architectural form is unusual and striking. Slender green stems rise skyward and are followed by spike capped seed heads. Beautiful in any water feature or rain garden, Scirpus is a host to 11 species of butterflies and moths, numerous dragonfly species and its seeds attract a wide selection of songbirds and waterfowl.

Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) has been making a huge impact in Xeriscape and Bio-Retention plantings. Across the region, mass/mixed plantings of this species can be found. Roots can reach eight foot depths as this plant tolerates dry sites and provides effective erosion control. Schizachyrium supports a tremendous array of birds, insects and mammals.

Monarda fistulosa
Scirpus validus
Schizachyrium scopartum

Cited Resources and References

Cavano’s Inspiration and Education Come From the Following:

  • Armitage, Allan M. Armitages’ Native Plants for North American Gardens

  • Mollison, Bill Permaculture A Designers Manual

  • Mt. Cuba Center for Piedmont Flora

  • Prince George’s County Bio-Retention Manual

  • Tallamy, Dr. Doug Bringing Nature Home

  • USDA Plants Database
Aster oblongifolius October Skies: a top rated planting recommended by the Mt. Cuba Center for Piedmont Flora in Delaware. It is tough, ornamental and a host planting to an array of wildlife.

Native and Native Select Plantings Applied to
Principle Design Concepts

Cavano’s Responds to Diverse Low Impact Requirements and Functionality:

The following categories of design and installation are not new in the marketplace. In fact, they have been around for decades. Environmental Impact, Bio-Diversity and the best uses of Native Flora carry with it a high degree of integrity and responsibility. At Cavano’s we have committed resources that work daily to understand and meet the numerous qualifications for our material to be used in ecological sensitive designs and landscapes. With information provided by numerous resources, the following lists include, but are not limited to, applicable plantings as related to a design:

Solidago sphacelata a Habitat “show-stopper” hosting 100 species of beneficial insects, mammals and birds.

Bio-Retention:
Native:
Amsonia hubrichtii
Tiarella cordifolia
Sporobolus heterolepis
Scirpus validus
Schizachyrium scoparium
Dennstaedtia punctilobata
Muhlenbergia capillaris

Native Selection:

Heuchera Palace Purple
Boltonia Snowbank
Solidago Fireworks
Hibiscus Kopper King

Pollinator:

Native:
Asclepias tuberosa
Vernonia noveboracensis
Aster divaricatus
Rudbeckia fulgida
Baptisia australis
Pycnanthemum muticum
Lobelia cardinalis

Native Selection:
Solidago Golden Fleece
Rudbeckia Autumn Sun
Liatris Floristan White
Filipendula Venusta

Bio-Habitat:

Native:
Aquilegia canadensis
Geranium maculatum
Asclepias incarnata
Osmunda regalis
Panicum virgatum
Liatris spicata
Echinacea purpurea
Chelone glabra
Monarda fistulosa

Native Selection:

Coreopsis Sunray
Panicum Dallas Blues
Lonicera B. Sandman
Monarda Blue Stocking
Eupatorium Chocolate
Xeriscape:
Native:
Amsonia hubrichtii
Sporobolus heterolepis
Pycnanthemum muticum
Aster divaricatus
Asclepias tuberosa
Iris cristata
Schizachyrium scoparium
Panicum virgatum
Baptisia australis
Carex pensylvanica
Aquilegia canadensis

Native Selection:

Coreopsis Zagreb
Heuchera Autumn Bride
Phlox sub. Emerald Blue
Solidago Golden Fleece
Panicum Dallas Blues
Aster October Skies
Asclepias Hello Yellow
Coreopsis Moonbeam
Baptisia Purple Smoke
Heuchera Mocha
Rain Garden:
Native:
Asclepias incarnata
Osmunda regalis
Vernonia noveboracensis
Panicum virgatum
Thelypteris noveboracensis
Scirpus validus
Aquilegia canadensis
Carex stricta
Osmunda cinnamomea
Eupatorium fistulosum
Iris versicolor
Lobelia siphilitica

Native Selection:

Aster Woods Blue
Eupatorium Baby Joe
Filipendula Venusta
Hibiscus Blue River II
Solidago Fireworks
Rudbeckia Autumn Sun
Panicum Dallas Blues
Aster Alert
Coreopsis Moonbeam
Eupatorium Gateway
Iris cristata (Crested Iris) is becoming more rare as it has fallen into the category of endangered in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Research and Trend Analysis Combine

  • Sales Statistics

  • Streamline Capacity

  • Planning for Cavano’s.


Our Research Ensures Appropriate Plant Selection and Install for Customers.
  



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At Cavano’s, we are committed to inspire,

inform and to deliver what we promise!

It is not for the “sake of the sale” but rather for the “sake of our good name” that we consult and share our knowledge base with Contractors, Architects and Retailers alike. And those that know us appreciate our attention to detail.

At Cavano’s, we have committed resources that work daily to understand and meet the numerous qualifications for our material to be used in ecological sensitive designs and landscapes.

Our plants have been installed in projects as diverse as Residential Rain Gardens , Bay Restoration projects to larger scale Meadow Installations, Habitats in Public Gardens and at Major Universities.

We are proud of our company and the role our Perennials and Grasses play in green design throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England.

CAVANO’S AND THE FUTURE OF LOW IMPACT DESIGN

Regional Institutions in the mid-Atlantic have some of the countries finest evaluation and selection processes for all facets of Low Impact Principles and Design. On the National level, there are many recognized experts and specialists as well. The research and publications they produce regarding plant character and habit are ongoing and invaluable tools for Cavano’s.

We don’t settle for information to come our way, but rather aggressively pursue new conventions of thinking on the subjects we care about (gardening & the planet.)

We initially carry many species of plants solely for their ornamental value, as requested by our customer base. However, it is through: site visits, networking, exploring Institutions, people, processes and publications that Cavano’s fully understands a plant’s impact in a “green” defined planting or landscape.

We are dedicated to impart current information to all of our employees and customers, as it is discovered.

The future of Natives and Low Impact is very bright, at Cavano’s.
It begins with your realization that we are doing the homework for you, we share in this experience and that we, at Cavano’s, are at your disposal.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!
We deliver throughout the mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, Delaware, Southern Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, New Jersey, Marylands Eastern Shore and New England to garden centers, landscape contractors, nurseries and wholesalers.
Eupatorium fistulosum works wonderfully well in a Rain Garden, flood plain, meadow or roadside and supplies nectar as well as hosts butterflies, song birds and beneficial insects.