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Order Directly from Some of our Favorite Growers

Enjoy beautiful plants delivered to your doorstep.

As we reconnect with our gardens and landscapes this spring, the role we each play in global health has never been more apparent. Whether fighting a virus or planting natives, in many ways, our individual actions collectively ripple across the globe.

This spring let’s devote some of our properties and time to a larger cause – the health of our region’s landscape. Together, we can make a meaningful impact by adding to our yards some of the native trees and plants that once lived here.

These are the species that soak up stormwater, cleanse the air, and provide the much-needed habitat our birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife depend on. Traditional garden centers don’t generally offer these plants. But the following providers do.

The garden and nursery industry has been verified as an essential one, and growers have adapted their procedures to protect employees and customers in alignment with CDC guidelines.

Izel Plants – Taylor Creek izelplants.com/taylor creek

  • Native flowers, grasses, and sedges
  • 32-count or 50-count trays
  • Free shipping

Possibility Place possibilityplace.com/order-online

  • Native flowers, grasses, and sedges in 18-count trays
  • Trees and shrubs in various sizes

Prairie Nursery prairienursery.com

  • Native flowers, grasses, sedges
  • Individually and trays
  • Shipping: $9.95 for orders under $50 and 15% for over $50

Prairie Moon Nursery prairiemoon.com

  • Native flowers, grasses, and sedges
  • 3-packs, trays, and bare root
  • Shipping: $7.50 for orders under $50 and 15% for over $50         

Red Buffalo Nursery redbuffalonursery.com

  • Native flowers, grasses, sedges, and ferns
  • Delivery or pick-up options

Natural Communities Native Plants naturalcommunities.net

  • Various sizes of native flowers, grasses and sedges
  • Additional resources available

IMPORTANT!  When shopping for flowers, trees, and other plants, the only way to know you are buying a true native plant is when the label has a two-part scientific name without a third name in quotations. For instance, the lovely native hydrangea is Hydrangea arborescens, while the horticultural variety is Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle.’  Horticultural, cultivar, and nativar varieties have a third word in the scientific name, always in single quotation marks.  If you want to attract butterflies, you’ll want the true native, not horticultural variety.

Our local flora is inventoried in the authoritative books Plants of the Chicago Region by Floyd Swink and Gerould Wilhelm, and Flora of the Chicago Region by Gerould Wilhelm and Laura Rericha.  You can also find where a plant is native range is by going to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s PLANTS database at plants.sc.egov.usda.gov.