Plants that are native to Minnesota are often easier to grow than non-native varieties. They are already adapted to our soil and climate and need minimal care to grow and thrive.
Here are a few resources to get you started on selecting and growing native plants in your yard or garden. Some of these resources recommend both native and non-native plants. To find natives, pay attention to the details provided in the resources.
- Benefits of Native Grasses
- The Best Plants for 30 Tough Sites
- Common questions about wildflowers and native plants
- Creating a butterfly garden
- Gardening in the shade
- Native Plants for Sustainable Landscapes: Establishment and Management of Lakeshores and Gardens
- Planting and maintaining a prairie garden
- Plants for pollinators
- Select trees and shrubs for Minnesota landscapes
- Trees and shrubs for pollinators
- UMN Forest Resources trees, shrubs and vines database
Try the diagnostic tool What's wrong with my plant? for a step-by-step guide through diagnosing a plant problem.