Selecting Native Plants

Selecting Plants

Illinois Native Plants for the Home Landscape: Planting design tips for year-round landscape interest, including prairie plant list.

Healthy Hedges: Chicago Region Tree Initiative’s recommended privacy screen replacements, following removal of European Woody Invasive Species prairie plant list.

Native Trees and Shrubs for Supporting Pollinators: Trees Forever, an Iowa non-profit shares recommended trees and shrubs for the Midwest.

Native Shrubs of the Midwest for the Home Landscape: The Morton Arboretum provides a list of suggested shrubs.


Plant Resources

Native Plant Resources: Website resources and local and regional native plant vendors.


Plant Sales

Fall 2022 Illinois Native Plant Sales:

Native Plant Sales near Cook County:

Citizens for Conservation’s Fall Native Plant Sale

West Cook Wild Ones Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale


Stay tuned for spring 2023 sales:

Thorn Creek Audubon and Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve Native Plant Sale

DuPage Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale


Statewide Plant Sales:

Illinois Native Plant Society lists state-wide plant sales


If you would like for Illinois Extension in Cook County to share your local native plant sale information, please email Nancy Kreith at