Greenacres: Landscaping with Native Plants

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Web Site
Guide
Slides
Abstract: 

This webpage, provided by the U.S. EPA, is a resource that provides information on native plant landscaping. The site contains native plant fact sheets, guidance on how to get started, case studies and benefits of landscaping with native plants.

Landscaping with native wildflowers and grasses improves the environment. Natural landscaping brings a taste of wilderness to urban, suburban, and corporate settings by attracting a variety of birds, butterflies and other animals. Once established, native plants do not need fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or watering, thus benefiting the environment and reducing maintenance costs. Gardeners and admirers enjoy the variety of colors, shapes, and seasonal beauty of these plants.

There are a variety of ecosystems in the Great Lakes basin. Many of the plants found in these ecosystems can also thrive in your yard, on corporate and university campuses, in parks, golf courses and on road sides. These native plants are attractive and benefit the environment. Many native plant seeds or seedlings are available from nurseries for landscaping. While these native plants are yours to admire in the wild, they must remain in their natural setting to ensure that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Here are the primary sections covered on the EPA's Greenacres webpage:

  • How to get started
  • Case studies
  • Benefits

  • Author: 
    US Environmental Protection Agency
    Topic Areas: 
    Landscape
    Garden/Lawn
    Botany
    Habitat
    Target Audience: 
    All
    Producer / Landowner
    Adult
    Government
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
    Geographic Location - Other: 
    Great Lakes Region
    Fee: 
    No
    Library loan: 
    No
    Is training required?: 
    No
    Seasonal: 
    No
    Contact(s) or order information.: 

    Danielle Green
    green.danielle@epa.gov
    312-886-7594