Natives for Home Gardens

As native plants become increasingly popular, homeowners are seeking the best species to use in their landscapes. While they still require maintenance, the list below contains natives that will require the least amount of maintenance and are well behaved for a home garden.   

Herbaceous Perennials


Baptisia australis


Herbaceous perennials for sun

Herbaceous perennials for sun: Ephemeral or semi-ephemeral
*Ephemerals are plants that last for a short period of time

Herbaceous perennials for shade

Shade: Ephemeral or semi-ephemeral
*Plant these species amongst herbaceous perennials for shady spots, as they may disappear by summer

Ground covers, grasses and sedges


Glandularia canadensis 


Ground covers for sun
*Some ground covers will naturally spread by underground rhizomes

Ground covers for shade
*ground covers will naturally spread by underground rhizomes

Grasses/sedges for sun

Grasses/sedges for shade
*use these species in larger quantities for use as a ground cover

Trees


Liriodendron tulipifera


Small Trees (under 30 feet)

Large Trees (over 30 feet)

Shrubs and Vines


Hydrangea arborescens


Shrubs for sun

Shrubs for shade

Vines

Additional Native Plants

The list below contains equally great natives for your home garden, but they will require a little more maintenance than those above to maintain their formal appearance or prevent them from creeping around your landscape.



Liatris pycnostachya


Herbaceous perennials for sun

Herbaceous perennials for shade

Herbaceous perennials for shade: Ephemeral or semi-ephemeral 
*Ephemerals are plants that last for a short period of time

Trees (Large - over 30 ft)