For projects big and small, a landscaping expert can help you get started on the right track and ensure your native plant garden will accomplish your goals – whether you’re looking to attract butterflies, clean up local waterways, or simply improve the look of your yard.
Hire an Expert
You may want to hire an expert to design, install, and/or maintain your native plant garden. Before you meet with a landscaper, think about what you would like from your native plant garden:
- What are your favorite plants and colors? Even if some of your favorites are invasive non-natives, a landscaper familiar with native plants can suggest alternatives based on your preferences.
- How do you want to use your yard and garden?
- Do you want to attract certain types of birds or butterflies? For example, if you’re a fan of goldfinches or hummingbirds, you can plant certain types of flowers to bring these birds to your garden.
- Are you allergic to certain plants – or just don’t like them?
Other Sources of Help
- Nurseries: Many provide a basic garden design and suggested list of plants if you bring in a picture of your yard and can answer basic questions about site conditions.
- Master Gardeners: These trained volunteers are knowledgeable about native plants and the best plants to attract birds and butterflies to your yard.
- Native Plant Societies: These volunteers are interested in protecting, studying, and landscaping with native plants. Browse your state society’s Web site for local resources or contact the group’s president for more information. To find your state’s native plant society, visit the North American Native Plant Society Web site.