Native Species Recommendations

Agonize no longer over what species you should plant! We've listed the top sellers, best performers and most popular species to fit special habitats and requirements. Choose the best species for your unique site conditions, plant plugs 12-24” apart, and in no time, you will have a beautiful, low-maintenance, wildlife-nurturing habitat.

 

Not sure what your soil conditions are or how to tell if the spot has full or part sun?  Check out our guide on Determining Habitat.

Check out our lists below for each light category, Raingardens and Pollinator Gardens.  These are not complete lists - just our suggestions to get you started with some popular and multi-purpose species.  There are many other native plants that are great to have too.  Check out the full native catalog for more information, reach out to us with questions or stop in to browse!

Full Sun       Part Sun/Part Shade       Full Shade       Raingardens        Pollinator Gardens       Birds

Still need an easy button? We can offer you curated Collections that fit specific and unique planting locations.  Or just pick one as a way to try some new species!

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(updated 4/8/2021)

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Full Sun

8 or more hours of Sun

 

Full sun areas are usually open spaces that can grow a variety of species.  Full sun areas are often thought to be hot and dry, but a variety of soil types are possible.

Part Sun, Part Shade

4 to 8 Hours of Sun

 

Areas with 4 to 8 hours of direct sunlight are considered part sun to part shade.   Sites with closer to 8 hours of light can also pick species from the full sun list.  Shadier areas can also uses species from the shade list of corresponding soil moisture.

Shade

Less Than 4 Hours of Sun

 

Areas that see less than 4 hours of direct sunlight are considered full shade.  This might be understory areas or north sides of structures.  Moisture is a very important factor to consider in these areas so make sure to check out your soil conditions!

Raingardens

If you have water issues around your house or somewhere on your property, a rain garden is the answer. Channel runoff into a properly constructed depression and allow these plants to help attenuate and clean this water rather than sending it into the gutter! 

 

Sandy, Very Well Drained Soil

See Dry or Medium - Dry Lists under appropriate Light category

Wet to Periodically Standing Water

See Wet Lists under appropriate Light category

Pollinator Gardens

 

Plants for the bees, butterflies and other pollinators.  A selection of food, nectar and host species.  Include some of these species in any native planting!

Full Sun

Dry, Sandy to Loam Soil

Short Heights

Shade

Medium Soil

Short Heights

Full Sun

Medium Soil

Medium to Tall Heights

Full Sun to Part Shade

Dry to Medium Soil

Short to Medium Height

Full to Part Sun

Moist Soil, Wet Meadow

Medium to Tall Height

Full Sun to Part Shade

Moist Soil, Woodland Edge

Medium to Tall Height

For the Birds!

Birds are important pollinators and a part of our ecosystem.  Native plants can provide food sources, landing spots, nesting material and even cups for drinking.  Many of these things are important in all the seasons so consider leaving seed heads and dried foliage around all fall and winter.

Collections

These collections include creative and unique plant ideas for specific situations.  They are curated for a quick way to get some native species into your landscape.  Collections can also be used as a nice introduction into native plants.  Let us do the work of picking plants and get you started on your journey into the wonderful world of native plants!