Green Spot

Native Plants & Trees


Native plants are incredibly beneficial at providing food and shelter for wildlife and at capturing rainwater. They are very adaptable and resilient once established. Many of the following websites have resources on native plants. 
  • Native, YES List: Franklin Soil & Water has a short (not comprehensive) list of native plant suggestions that we commonly see for sale in local nurseries. It is not comprehensive and just gets you started with shopping for native plants. Any of these plants listd on the Native, YES List will automatically be approved for a rebate.
  • PlantNative: PlantNative is dedicated to moving native plants and naturescaping into mainstream landscaping practices. This list includes Ohio native trees, shrubs, perennials, and ferns, their sun and soil conditions, size, and a brief description. 
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has a great search and filter tool that you can use to find Ohio native plants based on your yard's conditions, desired sizes, colors, bloom times, and more. 
  • Audubon Plants for Birds: Use Audubon's Native Plants for Birds search tool to find plants that benefit specific wildlife! 
  • Midwest Native Plant Society: The Midwest Native Plant Society has resources about native plants that promote wildlife and biodiversity. They also have a pledge and sign program where you can take a pledge and purchase a native plant sign to educate your neighbors about your native plant gardening! 
  • Plant Your Trees Right: You have found your next native tree. Now let's make sure you plant it right so it has the best chance of survival. Check out these tips from Franklin Soil and Water on how to plant your trees right.