Well maintained home native garden. Photo: Carol Davit
Natives for Gardening
If you enjoy landscaping with native plants in your yard, or have an acre or two you want to convert to natives, this page is for you.
The Grow Native! program helps people garden with native plants for many purposes: beauty, biodiversity, and fun.
Buy native Midwestern wildflowers, trees, seeds and more from Grow Native! professional members. See a map of locations of native plant and seed retailers, or browse all plant sellers, many who sell via mail order.
Need more help? To hire architects, landscapers, land care and other professionals with native plant experience, visit our Resource Guide to find businesses in your area.
Consult the following resources to help you on your native gardening journey:
- What makes a plant “native” and why use native plants?
- Native gardening overview: Site preparation, planting from seed or plants, mulching, and maintenance
- In-depth native gardening guide from Grow Native! & Shaw Nature Reserve
- Beautify your surroundings with well maintained, ecologically healthy native landscaping
- Grow Native! Top 10 native plant lists help you get started with natives
- Designing with natives: easy landscape plans
- Glossary & FAQ
- Native Plant Database
- Native plant seedling ID guide
- Native alternatives to non-native plants
- Natives & Pollinators
- Natives & Monarch Butterflies
- Natives & Songbirds
- Native edibles & natives for vegetables
Missouri Prairie Journal articles on gardening:
- Grow Native! Native Plant Container Gardening, Vol. 35, Nos. 3 & 4, 2014
- Grow Native! Prairie Gardening with Propagated Plants, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2009
- Grow Native! Gardening with Native Vines, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2013
- Grow Native! Establishing a Prairie Border Garden, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2013
- Grow Native! Defending against Deer and Rabbits, Vol. 28, No. 3&4, 2018