If you want to manage your property in harmony with nature but are feeling a little overwhelmed, don’t fret! The right mindset is the most important thing, and you’ve already got that. Here are some professionals we recommend to help you purchase native plants, and even do the design and installation of native plantings!
Residential designers & installers
Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
120 W. Main Street
West Dundee, IL 60118
Bedrock Earthscapes, LLC
1501 E. Harrison Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
Bluestem Ecological Services
Cardno Native Plant Nursery
6605 Steger Road, UnitA
Monee, IL 60448
Conservation Land Stewardship
357 W. First Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Online & Print Resources
This website gives thorough descriptions of plants (including weeds), cultivation, range and habit, and faunal associations.
On the Chicago Botanic Garden website, one finds plant descriptions and other information including a list on invasive species.
Midwest Groundcovers sells native plants to retail garden centers. The brand name is Natural Garden Natives. On this website, through the “Where to Buy” link, one can find the garden centers which carry these native plants.
The Possibility Place nursery has excellent plant descriptions and cultivation information.
IL Wildflowers – U. of I. Extension – a website to help gardeners incorporate wildflowers in their gardens. The wildflower directory features 144 different Illinois native wildflowers.
The website lists invasive plants found in Illinois. Other information about invasive species (plant and animal) can also be found at this website.
The Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership
Website has additional information about invasive plants.
Kane County Wild Plants & Natural Areas: Kane County, Illinois – November, 2007 by Dick Young
Because of the diversity of plant life in Kane County, this field guide is applicable to a much of the Midwest. It is nicely illustrated and organized by flower color.
Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded by Douglas W. Tallamy (2009)
An entomologist by training, Doug Tallamy makes a great case for planting natives and reducing the amount of turf grass in our landscapes.