Choosing Plants 2018-07-20T09:37:40+00:00

Choosing Plants

Different plants are adapted to an amazing range of environmental conditions from full sun to shade, from dry to wet, from hot to cold, from deep organic soils to shallow rocky soils. The diversity is astounding.

In this section we’ll learn how plants adapt to different environmental conditions, how to evaluate your yard, and then how to pick plants to match the conditions in your yard.

I like working with native plants because of their critical importance to pollinators. They also support other wildlife, maintain a healthy environment, and benefit our yards and communities.

This page is currently under development. Please see the Resources area for some starting references while content is being prepared. Thanks for your patience.

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Native Plants & Landscaping – Kansas City Area

The Platte Land Trust

A non-profit land trust protecting land and open space for future generations in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. See their Partner with Nature Program for home yards, and workshops on habitat restoration.

Kansas City Native Plant Initiative

This is a coalition of partner organizations promoting the use of native plants in small and large-scale landscapes to create sustainable landscapes, sustain pollinator populations, and share the beauty and sense of place provided by native flora.

Grow Native!

A program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation helping protect and restore biodiversity through awareness of native plants in urban and rural landscapes. Includes a native plant database and lists of suppliers.

Pollinator and Butterfly Conservation

Pollinator Initiative – State of Minnesota

Online resources to support pollinator habitat restoration by the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources.

Xerces Society

Insect Conservation and Planting for Pollinators. Lots of plant and landscape references for different regions of the U.S.

Monarch Watch

Monarch research, education, and conservation program at the University of Kansas

Pollinator Partnership

Organization helping protect pollinators in North America; Includes nice eco-regional planting guides.

Bringing Nature Home, Doug Tallamy

A good reference book on why native plants, insects, and biodiversity matter.