Planting Ohio’s Native Plants


Now that Spring is officially here, we are all eager to start planting! These days we are spending more time at home, and hopefully in our yards and gardens. What better way to fill your outdoor spaces than with Native Ohio plants grown locally! If you’re thinking about adding more gardens or looking for some special plants for your current beds, consider our Native Ohio plants.


Why do we love incorporating natives into our landscape designs as well as the established landscapes we maintain?


Not only are they beautiful, there are so many other benefits to having native plants in your landscape. Here are a few:


  • They attract local pollinators, and create a natural habitat for welcome wildlife

  • Natives mature quickly since they are suited for our environment

  • They require less water and fertilizer—thus are easier to maintain!


You’ll be amazed at the birds, butterflies and beneficial insects you’ll attract to your yard. This increase in pollinators will also help assist in the growth of your vegetable gardens or fruit trees you may have. Below are just a few of the natives we like to use.


For a full list and for more info on Ohio Native Plant Month, Visit: https://www.ohionativeplantmonth.org



Monarda 'Petite Delight' Bee Balm

Rose-pink flowers mid summer. Aromatic, medium green, mildew resistant foliage. Prefers average to moist soil. Full sun to part shade. Height 12-18". Attracts pollinators.

Aster laevis 'Blue Bird' Smooth Aster

Bright blue flower clusters with golden yellow centers. Average to dry soils. Full sun. Height 3-4'. Loved by many pollinators.

Liatris spicata Blazing Star

Purple flower spikes mid-summer. Prefers average to poor, dry soils. Full sun, part shade. Height 3-5'. Attracts many pollinators.

Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb' 'Zagreb' Threadleaf Coreopsis

Yellow flowers on compact foliage. Blooms late spring. Full sun to part shade. Height 15". Attracts butterflies.

Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower

Dark rose petals and orange centers, occasionally white. Blooms for weeks in mid-summer. Prefers average to dry soils. Height 2-3' Full sun to part shade. Great for butterflies and birds.

Geranium maculatum Wild Cranesbill

Lavender flowers mid-spring to early summer. Grows well in any soil except wet. Drought and heat resistant. Partial to Full Shade. Height 12-18."Attracts Butterflies and moths.

Eupatorium purpureum (Eutrochium) Sweet Joe Pye Weed

Purple flower clusters, mid-late summer. Prefers average to moist soil. Full sun to part shade. Height 4-6'. Attracts Butterflies.

Penstemon calycosus Long Sepaled Beardtongue

Lavender flowers early summer for 3-4 weeks. Foliage persists year-round. Prefers average to moist soil. Height 1-3' Full sun. Attracts bees, hummingbirds and moths.

Pachysandra procumbens Allegheny Spurge

Large dark green lightly mottled foliage, great ground cover for shade. White bottle brush flowers in spring. Prefers average to moist soil. Partial to full shade. Height 6-8."

Sedum ternatum Wild Stonecrop

Evergreen foliage with star shaped white flowers in late spring. Great for rock gardens, containers and green roofs with some shade. Prefers average to moist soil. Part sun to shade. Height 6."


Interested in learning about how we can incorporate Native Ohio plants within your property?

Give us a call: 614.873.7333



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