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
Bartlett Tree Experts
22272 Pepper Rd-Unit D, Lake Barrington, Il 60010
Good Natured Landscapes
30W145 Allister Lane
The Growing Place
Aurora, IL, 630-820-8088
Naperville, IL, 630-355-4000
8737 Ogden Ave.
Lyons, IL, 60534
Max’s Greener Places
Cortland, IL 60112
P.O. Box 345
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Red Stem Native Landscapes
Northern Cook County
104 Northwest Highway, Fox River Grove, IL 60021
The Land Office
907 Summit Street
Downers Grove, IL
Drip Torch LLC
Green Guerrilla LLC
Where to get Native Plants
More and more nurseries in our area are carrying native plants, which is great news for us and for the wild communities that need our help. Here are some local native plant sources we love.
25w471 Plank Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563
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.
Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis by Gerould Wilhelm & Laura Rericha (2017).
An important resource for identification of plants in the Chicago region along with associated plants and insects.
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.
The Midwestern Native Garden; Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants. Paperback by Charlotte Adelman & Bernard L. Schwartz (2011).
Written for amateurs and professionals, this book offers native plants that can be used as appropriate substitutes for commonly used non-native plants.