Although not every native plant is drought-tolerant or carefree, their main advantage is that they are more adapted to our heat and humidity. Many are just as colorful as common non-native plants you’d find at a garden center.
The University of Georgia has just published three great compilations of native trees, shrubs, ferns, wildflowers and vines you should consider for your landscape.
Also, check out this photo guide to native plants
Native Plant Alternatives to Common Landscape Plants
And here is a list of invasive plants plus a short list of natives