These resources can assist with selecting plants for home and or commercial landscaping.
Plant Information and Landscaping
Pa Flora is an excellent resource for identifying Pennsylvania native plants. For landscaping assistance, the database can be used to find plants based on growing conditions and plant type by clicking on the Advanced Search button.
The DCNR website has a lot of information on landscaping with native plants, including a listing of recommended plants based on your growing conditions. Click here.
Compiled by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at Univ. Texas, Austin. Can be searched by state, growing conditions, and type of plant.
USDA Plant Database
Helpful for obtaining cultural information on all species endemic to North America
Helpful for obtaining suggestions for plants for particular uses
Native plants in your geographic location, ranked by the number of butterfly and moth species that use them as host plants for their caterpillars.
Provides information on pollinator gardens, recommended plantings and garden designs.
Twelve plants recommended each year by the Audubon Society to attract birds to your garden. 2022 2021 2020
From the Xerces Society
Helpful information for choosing plants that provide habitat for wildlife.
Helpful for obtaining native plant suggestions based on your landscape requirements.
Created by the Lehigh Gap Nature Center - this easy to use book provides helpful landscape tips and plans, along with recommended alternative native plants for the home landscape.
A listing of Native Plants that can be used in place of invasive ornamentals. You can use this list as you plan your landscape, or to just start replacing existing plants. Compiled by Jennifer Stingelin Keefer, Invasive Species Specialist, Penn State University. Click here.
A helpful booklet produced by the Maryland Native Plant Society providing landscaping ideas and plant recommendations.
A grassrootss call-to-action to restore biodiversity - No experience necessary - Get digging and Get on the map!
Designing Native Gardens
Basics of how to incorporate native plants into your landscape. Presented by Shari K. Edelson, Director of Horticulture and Curator, Penn State Arboretum at the 2019 Central Pa Native Plant Festival.
Click here for a copy of her slides:
Concept Spring Summer Fall and Winter
Invasive Plant Information
The Dirty Dozen - a list of twelve invasive species to avoid planting. These are frequently available at nurseries and landscape retailers.
Bugwood Apps - Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health Mobile Applications - Apps for identifying invasive species.
RateTea.com : a guide on invasive herbs usable for herbal tea
The guide covers specific herbs invasive in North America, many in PA, and also gives some warnings about health, legal, and ecological considerations when harvesting wild herbs. Get rid of invasives and enjoy your results. Note: While we scrutinize accuracy of websites we link to, we are not responsible for accuracy, safety of advice/information contained on these websites. PNPS Webmaster
Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) - Sabrena Schweyer, FAPLD - spoke about The Sustainable Sites Initiative ™ (SITES™) program which is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. Visit their website to read more: sustainablesites.org/
Benjamin Vogt - milktheweed.blogspot.com/ and monarchgard.com
Great article on Boneset: http://www.houzz.com/boneset
Wild Edibles app available on itunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wild-edibles-full/id431504588?mt=8
For more on mushrooms, check out:
Central PA Mushroom Club
NJ Mycological Association - Marcus de la fleur presents a case study for a sustainable landscape: http://www.delafleur.com/
Great Picks for your summer reading list:
Pollinators Native Plants by H. Holme: pollinatorsnativeplants.com/
"Native Plant Wildlife Garden" by D. Tallamy and R. Darke: nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/tallamy-and-darke-team-up/
"Paradise Lots" by Eric Toensmeier: paradiselotblog.wordpress.com
"Mycelium Running" by Paul Stamets: Fungi.com/product-detail/product/mycelium-running.html
Granma Lisa's Humming, Buzzing, Chirping Garden by Lisa Doseff - [published by Heather Holm]
The Native Plant Channel - educational videos created to help gardeners select natives for their gardens, including deer-resistant natives. Please note that whenever possible, it is best to plant native species, not cultivars as some cultivars negate the benefits of straight species.
Helpful handout listing many easy to grow plants for home landscaping.
A webinar by Guy Godfrey, courtesy of the North American Native Plant Society on growing native plants on your balcony.
Milk Jug Greenhouse
Instructions on using milk jugs for plant germination