There has been a fair amount of research pointing to the need for landscapes to be created with native plants. Simply focusing on a visually attractive yard can be dangerous to our local ecosystems if care for using native plants and cultivares isn't considered. Simple put; the unique native plants of our area evoke a sense of home and being near the coast.
Below is an amazing guide to the local and native plants of Coastal Virginia. The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program along with the Department of Environmental Quality put together this guide. It is laid out extremely well, and is a great resource to aid in the layout of any new landscape or maybe just aid in enhancing an established one. Check it out!