What to Plant

There are many great resources to help you decide what to plant. You can choose from one or more of three approaches:


Native Plant Lists for Home Gardeners

Mass Audubon’s Plant a Native Pollinator Garden provides a basic list of native plants.

Lists with more details are offered by:

The Native Plant Trust Native Plants that Attract Pollinators,

The Xerces Society's Pollinator Plants: Northeast Region, and

The Ecological Landscaping Alliance's North American Prairie Species of New England.

The Citizens for Lexington Conservation native plants recommendation lists have helpful suggestions for plants based on your local environment.


Plant selection databases

Another approach is to use a plant database designed for gardeners to find suitable plants. Three great ones are:


Let someone else do the planning for you

Either by acquiring a predetermined selection designed for a specific purpose (for example, the plant collections offered by the Native Plant Trust at Garden in the Woods) or by hiring a landscape designer who is knowledgeable about native plants (the Ecological Landscape Alliance maintains a searchable Eco-Directory of landscape professionals who promote ecological and sustainable landscape practices).