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A team of Ohioans helping other Ohioans plant as many native plants as possible in 2022! Why? Native plants mean healthier land and wildlife. Healthier land and wildlife means healthier YOU! Learn more about Team Hope 2022 below or via our LinkTree here.

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Goldenrod in my garden by our pond

Native plant starter guide for Ohio

Native plants (plants that are supposed to grow in Ohio) are the "invitation" you can put out to host wildlife parties for your yard. You can save the bees, feed the birds, bring the butterflies and so much more based entirely upon what you plant. 

A few tips to consider as you start your native plant journey: 

  • It's OK to start small! Even one single plant makes a difference. 
  • Only buy straight species, not cultivars.
  • Leave the leaves. Don't rake, bag or leaf blow your leaves. Mow less, and try to go chemical free. This helps save time, money and our state. 
  • Patience is part of the plan. Most native plants take two to three years to bloom as they establish their roots. 

Wild bergamot/bee balm in a pocket meadow near our rocky thyme path around the house

Native plants to start your native garden

Native sunflowers, asters and goldenrods support the most pollinators. Milkweed brings butterflies, and native red flowers such as cardinal flower and royal catchfly attract hummingbirds. 

Coreopsis with a bee covered in pollen

Resources for native plants

Tending Nature Webinar Series from OSU

Homegrown National Park

Nature's Best Hope

Midwest Native Plant Society

Wild Ones

Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative

Coneflower with a bee visitor

Deer-resistant native plants

Here are some native plants that deer won't eat: 

  • Wild columbine
  • Milkweed
  • Spicebush
  • Rattlesnake master
  • Wild bergamot
  • Native mints
  • Bonesets
  • Coneflowers
  • Goldenrods
  • Blackhaw
  • Culver's root

Sunflower by our pond throwing a bee party

Native trees and shrubs to add to your landscape

  • Native oak
  • Cherry
  • Willow
  • Gray dogwood
  • Eastern wahoo
  • Spicebush
  • Buttonbush
  • Ninebark
  • New Jersey tea
  • Blackhaw

Black-eyed Susans near our zinnia garden

Where to buy native plants and seeds

Leaves for Wildlife

Scioto Gardens

Natives in Harmony

Riverside Native Trees

Deeply Rooted Landscapes

Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District

Prairie Moon Nursery

OPN Seed

View Jared Goodykoontz's party-hosting guide here