15 of the Best Native Plants for Your Garden

Perennials - Full Sun
Butterfly weed
(Asclepias tuberosa)

Well-drained soil. Host plant for Monarch butterflies.  Nectar source for other butterflies.
False Aster (Boltonia asteroides)
Average to moist soil
Summer flowers
Attractive to bees, butterflies & birds
Little bluestem
(Schizachyrium scoparium, syn. Andropogon scoparius)

Dry to average soil.
Ornamental Grass

(Panicum virgatum)
Dry to average soil
Cover & nesting material
Birds eat seeds

Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata)
Well-drained soil
Pale yellow flowers, early summer through fall
Perennials - Full Sun to Part Shade
Perennials - Part to Full Shade
New England aster (Symphyotrichum
novae-angliae, syn.
Aster novae-angliae
Average to wet soil
Purple daisy like flowers
Cardinal flower
(Lobelia cardinalis)
Moist soil in part shade, or wet soil in full sun. Atttracts hummingbirds and bees.
(Mitchella repens)

Average to moist soil
Groundcover for deep shade
Early summer white flowers
White wood aster
(Eurybia divaricata, syn. Aster divaricatus)
Dry to average soil.
Good groundcover
Long-lasting white flower l
Wild blue phlox
(Phlox divaricata)
Average to moist soil
Early spring blue bloom
Sweet Pepperbush
(Clethra alnifolia)
Moist soil.
Attracts butterflies
(Ilex verticillata)
Moist, acidic soil.
Full sun to part shade.
Birds eat the fruit.
(Tiarella cordifolia)
Moist woodland soil
Spikes of white fluffy flowers
in late spring
Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)
Average to moist soil,
drought tolerant

Wild geranium
(Geranium maculatum)
Moist soil,
Lavender flowers

For more information and many more native plants:

Sources: The Connecticut Botanical Society,
enature.com, National Wildlife Federation.
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