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The Top 12 Must Have Native Plants

The biggest reason to plant native plants in your garden is not because they are easy to grow or are low maintenance. Some native plants are quite difficult to grow and do require particular growing conditions to thrive. Always choose the right plant for the right location and never plant invasive species.

The main reason to native plants is that they provide essential food for beneficial insects, bees, birds and butterflies. They also provide an eco-system that supports the healthy existence of native species of beneficial insects, bees, birds and butterflies. There may be holes on the leaves of the Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum) or the Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), but that is no reason to have a knee jerk reaction and break out the spray. Native plants are very resilient and can tough out some “damaged” foliage. We must learn to embrace the beautifully ‘real’ world of gardening.

I have chosen my top 12 must have native plants. Many of these native plants are not commonly seen and would make an exceptionally unique addition in your garden. All of these plants are grown on-site and are available from Plant Paradise Country Gardens. Members of The Gardeners’s Club at Plant Paradise Country Gardens receive special wholesale pricing. View the complete catalog here. 

Click on the plant names to receive more information about each plant.

Tiarella cordifolia

Tiarella cordifolia (shade)

Agastache foeniculum

Agastache foeniculum (sun)

Asclepias tuberosa (butterflyweed)

Asclepias tuberosa (sun)

Zizia aurea

Zizia aurea (sun – part sun) 

Aquilegia canadensis (part sun – full shade)

Gillenia trifoliata (bowman's root)

Gillenia trifolata (sun – part sun)

Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis (moist sun or part sun)

Mertensia virginica

Mertensia virginica (shade)

Penstemon strictus

Penstemon strictus (sun – part sun)

Spigelia marilandica Little Redhead

Spigelia marilandica (part shade)

Sanguinaria canadensis Multiplex (double bloodroot)

Sanguinaria canadensis Multiplex (shade)


Uvularia grandiflora (shade)

All these plants and many more can be purchased through The Gardener’s Club at Plant Paradise Country Gardens.