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Native Plants & Trees

Attractive, Resilient, Beneficial Plants for Your Garden

Native plants are incredibly beneficial and beautiful. They provide food and shelter for wildlife. They grow deep, strong roots that are excellent at capturing and filtering stormwater. They are very adaptable and resilient once established. Many native pollinators rely on very specific native plants in order to survive and thrive - such as the monarch butterfly who needs milkweed to lay eggs and feed caterpillars. Many of the following websites have resources on native plants and "gardening for wildlife."

Why should we plant native plants? 


Native Plant Lists 

  • Franklin Soil & Water's 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 commonly available native plants. Any of these plants lists on the Native, YES List will automatically be approved for a rebate.
  • Audubon Native Plant Database: Use Audubon's Native Plant Database to find a more comprehensive list of plants native to our region. Put in your zip code, filter by various parameters, and you will get a great list of local native plants and see what kind of pollinators and birds they attract. This is a great search tool especially if you're looking for plants to attract a specific pollinator or favorite bird. 
  • PlantNative: PlantNative's 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 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. 


Milkweed and Monarchs


Take Action for Native Plants

  • Plant Your Trees Right: You have found your next native tree. 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 correctly plant trees. No mulch volcanoes, please!
  • Midwest Native Plant Society: They have a pledge and sign program where you can take a pledge and purchase a native plant sign to display and educate your neighbors about your native plant gardening. 
  • Audubon Native Plant Backyard Challenge: Check out this educational program from Grange Insurance Audubon Center. For a small fee, you can learn more about native plants, attend their events and programs, and receive giveaways. Look for 2024 registration in early 2024. 
  • Street Tree Programs: Many local municipalities have street tree programs and urban forestry staff. Click the link to find out information about your local street tree program. 
For plant rebate requirements, please visit the Eligible Rebate Items page

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