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Design & Habitat Hacks: Adding Native Plants to Your Yard is Easier than You Think


Adding native plants, shrubs and trees to your yard is easier than you think and important to supporting habitat and addressing climate change. Native plants provide a rich element to design and require no more maintenance than anything else.

Lists below are not exhaustive, there are many choices out there. The lists are plants I have experience with and are easy to maintain and to find in local and online nurseries.


Bulbs

Camassia, Camassia cusickii


Perennials for Sunny to Part Sun

Aster, Aromatic, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

Aster, New England, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Aster, New York, Symphyotrichum novi-belgii Beardtongue Pentemon, x 'pretty pettycoat' Beebalm, Scarlet Monarda didyma Beebalm, Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa Blue Star, Amsonia hubrichtii Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa Cone Flower, Echinacea purpurea Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis False Indigo, Baptisia australis Geranium Geranium maculatum Goldenrod, Canadian Solidago altissima L. ** Goldenrod, Showy Solidago Solidago speciosa ** Ironweed, New York Vernonia voveboracensis Ironweed, Prairie Vernonia fasciculata Lavender Hyssop, Agastache foeniculum Liatris, Liatris Spicata Little Blue Stem Grass, Schizachyrium scoparium Mist Flower, Eupatorium coelestinum ** Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum muticum ** Mountain Mint, Virginia Pycnanthemum virginianum Switch Grass, Panicum virgatum


Perennials for Shade to Part Shade

Aster, Woodland , 'Eurybia divaricata' Black Cohosh , Actaea racemosa Christmas Fern , "Polystichum acrostichoides Columbine , Aquilegia canadensis Corel Bell , Huchera Foam Flower , Tiarella Ginger, Wild , Asarum canadense Joe Pye Weed , Eupatorium Lady Fern , Athyrium filix-femina Maidenhair Fern , Adiantum pedatum Ostrich Fern , Matteuccia struthiopteris Scented Fern , Dennstaedtia punctilobula Sensitive Fern , Onoclea sensibilis Solomon Seal , "Polygonatum falcatum 'Variegatum' Sweet Joe Pye Weed , Eutrochium purpureum Virginia Blue Bells, Mertensia virginica Woodland Fern, Dryopteris marginalis


Shrubs for Sun, Part Sun Beauty Berry, Callicarpa dichotomaBottle Brush, Fothergilla Bottlebrush Buckeye, Aesculus parviflora, Carolina All Spice, Calycanthus floridus, 'Michael Lindsey' Honeysuckle, Lowbush, Dievilla Lonicera Ink Berry, Ilex glabra Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ Pussy Willow, Salix discolor Spice Bush, Lindera glauca va. salicifoliia Sumac - Fragrant, Rhus aromatica Sweet Pepperbush, Clethra alnfolia Viburnum - Blackhaw , Viburnum prunifolium Viburnum - Burkwood , Viburnum × burkwoodii, ‘Mohawk’ Viburnum- Cranberry Highbush, Viburnum trilobum


Shrubs for Shade, Part Shade Leucothoe, Coastal , Leucothoe axillaris Mountain Laurel , Kalmia latfolia Rhododendron, Rosebay , Rhododendron maximum


Trees American Basswood, Tilia Americana

American Elm, Ulmus americana

American Holly, Ilex opaca

American Plum ,Prunus americana

Blackgum, Nyssa sylvatica

Hickory, Shagbark, Carya laciniosa

Hornbeam, American , Carpinus caroliniana

Maple, Sugar, Acer saccharum

Oak, White, Quercus alba

Oak, Willow, Quercus phellos

Pignut, Carya glabra

Redbud, Forest Pansey, Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Redbud, Northern, Cercis canadensis

Service Berry, Shad Bush , Amelanchier canadensis

Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum

Sweetgum, Liquidambar

Sycamore, American , Platanus occidentalis

Tulip Tree, Liriodendron tulipifera

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