prairie smoke animalia project susan ask

native plants in the garden

Native plants make sense in the garden for many reasons; here are three:

  1. they are adapted to local conditions so, once they are established, they thrive without fuss (and without extra water, or fertilizer or pesticides);
  2. they provide habitat for creatures great and small;
  3. they are beautiful and diverse.


prairie smoke animalia project susan ask
Prairie smoke, a native prairie plant, used as a ground cover at the Chicago Botanic Garden. (photo by susan ask)

Here are a few excellent resources for planting and tending native flowers, grasses and trees in your landscape.

Books about native plants

Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants.  Douglas Tallamy.  2007.  Timber Press

Native Plants in the Home Landscape for the Upper Midwest.  Keith Gerard Nowakowski.  2004.  Published by University of Illinois Extension.

The Midwestern Native Garden: Native alternatives to nonnative flowers and plants.  Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz. 2011. Ohio University Press.

Great Natives for Tough Places.  Niall Dunne, ed.  Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guides.


last updated July 2018