Native plant types

By incorporating a variety of native plants, we can customize a selection of plants to best suit your sunlight, soil and wildlife needs. Listed below are some popular native plant suggestions.

Native plant types by wildlife needs

Native plants for birds

Blue False Indigo, Canada Wild Rye, Compass Plant, Cup Plant, Little Bluestem, Maxillian Sunflower, New England Aster, Pale Purple Coneflower, Blazing Stars, Prairie Dropseed, Purple Coneflower, Showy Goldenrod, Side Oats Gramma, Sweet Black Eyed Susan, Western Sunflower

Native plants for butterflies

Bergamot, Black Eyed Susan, Blazing Stars, Butterfly weed, Ironweed, Joe Pye Weed, New England Aster, Pale Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Red Milkweed, Showy Goldenrod

Native plants for hummingbirds

Bee Balm, Blazing Stars, Butterfly Weed, Cardinal Flower, Columbine, Great Blue Lobelia, Lavender Hyssop, Lupine, MonkeyFlower, Northern Blue Flag Iris, Penstemon, Purple Coneflowers, Turtlehead, Wild Bergamont, Wild Petunia

Deer-resistant native plants

Big Bluestem, Bleeding Heart, Blue False Indigo, Butterfly Milkweed, Columbine, Culver’s Root, Fern species, Goldenrod species, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Jacob’s Ladder, Lobelias, Northern Blue Flag Iris, Sneezeweed, Switch Grass, Tall Bellflower, Wild Geranium, Wild Ginger

Native plant types by sunlight needs


These sites receive sunlight for less than half the day.

Awl Sedge, Bleeding Heart, Foamflower, Fox Sedge, Golden Alexander, Jacob’s Ladder, Sea Oats, Solomon’s Seal, Sweet Joe Pye Weed, Tall Bellflower, Virginia Bluebells, Wild Geranium

Shady or woodlands

These sites are partly to fully shaded.

Bottlebrush Grass, Black Cohosh, Bleeding Heart, Columbine, Fern Species, Foamflower, Ginseng, Goldenseal, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Jacob’s Ladder, Solomon’s Seal, Virginia Bluebells, Virginia Wild Rye, Wild Geranium, Wild Ginger

Native plant types by soil needs

Native plants for sandy soils on upland sites

These sites are sandy or rocky soils that are characterized by being dry most of the time.

Big Bluestem, Black Eyed Susan, Blue False Indigo, Blue Vervain, Butterfly Milkweed, Indian Grass, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Little Bluestem, Lupine, Ohio Spiderwort, Purple Coneflower, Showy Goldenrod, Western Sunflower, Wild Bergamot, Wild Petunia

Native plants for groundcover

Bleeding Hearts, Blood Root, Columbine, Foamflower, HayScented Fern, Heart-leaf Golden Alexander, Jacob’s Ladder, Lady Fern, Trilliums, Virginia Bluebells, Wild Geranium, Wild Ginger

Native plants for wet sites

Awl Sedge, Bluejoint Grass, Blue Vervain, Bottle Gentian, Bristly Sedge, Cardinal Flower, Cinnamon Fern, Culver’s Root, Fowl Manna grass, Fox Sedge, Great Blue Lobelia, Joe Pye Weed, Lady Fern, Marsh Marigold, Monkey flower, New England Aster, New York Ironweed, Northern Blue Flag Iris, Rattlesnake Grass, Red Milkweed, Royal Fern, Switchgrass, Turtlehead, Tussock Sedge, Virginia Wild Rye, Wool Grass