Living in the Midwest want to start a native plant garden? Here is the garden inspiration you were looking for. These native flowers, shrubs, and trees are easy to find, easy to plant, and will look stunning in your garden.
What is a native plant?
A native plant is a plant that has grown in a region for thousands of years. Every drought, storm, blizzard, and heat wave they have lived through. These plants are made to thrive in your yard with minimal care. There are hundreds of plants that are native to the Midwest!
Why plant native in the Midwest?
There are three big reasons to plant native:
Now that we’ve touched on the benefits of planting native, let’s explore some showstopper plants that are native to the Midwest.
We’ve organized it by flowers, grasses, vines, shrubs, and trees. Don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can find your favorites, no matter if you’re at the nursery or exploring a friend’s garden.
Native flowers for Midwestern gardens
Plant any (or all!) of these native flowers to give food to butterflies, hummingbirds, and pollinators.
Native grasses for Midwestern gardens
Grasses are NOT boring. Grasses are perfect drought-resistant pairings to help flowers pop. Leave the grasses exactly where they are throughout the winter to watch them turn into sculptures and while feeding songbirds.
Native shrubs and trees for Midwestern gardens
These native shrubs and trees are made for Midwest weather, seasons, and sunshine.
Plant all these flowers together for a stunning native garden
All the plants here look amazing in Midwestern gardens! Every one of these plants is also a perennial, meaning they will come back year after year looking better than ever.
Every one of these plants is easy to grow. After their first year being established, each of these flowers will come back year after year and require nothing fancy to keep going besides rain. Planting native plants ensures our gardens look amazing and our water bills stay low. You don’t have to have a botany degree to have a garden! Plant these easy natives and enjoy a gorgeous Midwest yard all summer long.
Best native plant books for Midwestern gardens
The Plant Native has read a lot of books to create this website. Here our favorites for Midwestern gardens.
Alan Branhagen, 2020
Like the other books in this series, this offers photo-filled portraits of individual native plants. Good for easy inspiration.